FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Featured Artist Nefe Ogodo(Nigeria)

Nefe Ogodo’s paintings are usually stylized in quintessential uniqueness, and  they are playful and  funny as his style combines a  rich  mix  of  expressionism  and   impressionism  to  showcase Black Africa’s beautiful heritage to the world.

Over the years, he has developed a unique  style of artistry through a  perfect blend  of  pen  and  ink which  produces impressionistic expressions  that is characterized  by intricate  details  of  figures and subjects.

Ogodo does well to  embellish his highly-stylized art  works with symbolic  African  motifs  and   Egyptian   hieroglyphics,  to  depict African folk tales and  rich cultural  heritage and  traditions in most of his paintings.

Born in Warri,  in Delta  State of Nigeria,  Ogodo’s passion  for art was ignited at a very tender age, and since then, he has not relented in his effort  to register his presence in the artists’ hall of fame.As signs of early inclination to art and the aesthetics, Ogodo  filled up his exercise books with drawings while in primary school, and did paintings on the walls and cars he found in his neighbourhood while growing up.

This drive led  him  to  study art  in one of Nigeria’s foremost art schools – Auchi Polytechnic, in Etsako West Local  Government Area of Edo State of Nigeria, from the year 2005  to the year 2006, and obtained a National  Diploma in Painting and General Art.

Not satisfied with the knowledge he had thus acquired, Ogodo went back to the same Auchi Polytechnic in 2009 to study Painting   and graduated in 2010, having obtained a Higher National  Diploma.

Nefe Ogodo has been a professional studio artist since 2010, upon graduating from the polytechnic. He is an exceptionally motivated and hardworking artist who possesses a perfect blend of dedication, competence and diligence as his key characteristics and as behavioral traits needed to make impact in today’s generation.

Nefe also enjoys painting impasto with pallet knife. He possesses a rare creative ingenuity that enables him to assemble tiny pieces of waste objects which he combines in colourful styles to produce incredible ‘eye-catchers.’ Such unusual works are the most unbelievable ways through which Nefe expresses himself. Objects that are very likely to be found in Nefe’s collections include tiny pieces of plastics, fabrics, electronics parts and panels, credit cards, SIM cards and other uncommon items.

Nefe draws inspiration from ancient African cultures and traditions and from global trends. He is also inspired by politics, religion and the daily activities that occur in his immediate environment.

Art is my best form of communication and that is why I don’t joke with any opportunity given to pour my soul on any empty canvas or space that comes my way. My art is used to dish out auditory and visual expressions, so many hears, listens and sees. My painting of Odugbaye cultural festival for instance sent out a message that everybody comprehended.There are hardly any kinds of information and orientation that  cannot be driven and propelled by art. Because art is the mother of all forms of communication and that is why it has been employed by we Africans over so many thousands of years, in handing down our traditions and cultural heritages from generation to generation.

Nefe has participated in diverse group exhibitions and in group and personal projects. One of his most prominent exhibited art works is the  mural  painting  beside the  staircase of the  Sculpture Department in Auchi Polytechnic which he painted in 2010.

Also,  the  new  administrative  building  at  the  Ministry  of  Culture and  Tourism in Adegbemile – Akure in Ondo State of Nigeria, is flanked   on  the  left  and  on  the  right  sides by  Nefe’s mural  art works, and it has been  there  since 2012.

Nefe also participated in “Timeless Treasures,” an art exhibition that was organized by the Abuja chapter of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) in 2013.

His works also featured at the Imago Mundi Nigeria in 2014, and at the “Echoes from the Niger,”  a group exhibition that was organized by selected artists at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt in 2015.

He was not left out at the Echoes from the Niger 2, another group exhibition that was staged at Asaba, Delta state in 2016.

Nefe graced the Abuja Art Walk for Peace, a mega art exhibition organized by Art CAD Abuja in 2017.  He was also at one time, a guest teacher at the Summer Art School, at the Hot FM 98.3 Abuja Studio in 2017.

Nefe was also a participant at the Millennium Development Goal Art Exhibition which had the theme Setting the Pace, and which was hosted in Abuja in 2017.  His works also featured at the Art and Craft Expo, an art exhibition organized by the Federal Ministry Of Culture and Tourism in Abuja, in 2018.

In February 14th -20th 2019 he staged a solo exhibition  at Heritage Africa Village Square Abuja.  The exhibition was titled; Africa is rich beyond description. The exhibition attracted so many visitors both in and outside Abuja.

Nefe   also  took   part   in  the   Fusion  5  art  exhibition  that   was organized by the  Cult House Limited, London  at  the  Candid  Art Trust, in Torrens street in London March 27th – March 31st 2019. Nefe appeared as a guest artist in the 2019 Ridentify Bikers Exhibition that took place in Tobix garden and park  Abuja. Titled; One Strong Nation.  October 1st 2019.  He also  took part in the 2020 Ridentify Bikers Exhibition that was titled; Nigerians will thrive. October1st 2020 in Tobix garden and park, Abuja.

Nefe currently  works and resides in Abuja with his family.

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