oyoroko ochuko

ABOUT ME: I am a man of simple taste and style who love his profession .I was raised and educated in the oil rich Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, grew up to find myself in a creative oriented... read more ABOUT ME: I am a man of simple taste and style who love his profession .I was raised and educated in the oil rich Niger-Delta region of Nigeria, grew up to find myself in a creative oriented household. Being an “Urhobo”, my direct encounter with clay through my maternal aunt ( a traditional potter), resulted in the early discovery of the exciting world of Art. Before i was seven,i could create native Terracotta pots and miniature figurines to the admiration of many. My early education started at Ughelli my native town in Delta State, from where i became known as an outstanding artist amongst my contemporaries even before i was seventeen years old. I gained admission into the famous University of Port-Harcourt Creative Art School in the early 90’s, where i graduated with an upper honour degree in visual Arts. My superlative Talent and enthusiasm in my work earned me the Deans price award for “Best graduating student” in Creative Arts Class of 1993-97 amongst others. I have other renown Urhobo Artists like Bruce Onobrakpeya and Prof. J. T. Agberia as role models. I am a member, Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA) and full time studio artist with gallery/studio in Delta State NIGERIA.Also showcase my work in my on line gallery @ www.oyorokoart.com Have held exhibitions both in Nigeria and other West African Countries. I just rounded up a solo exhibition titled “My Riverine Odyssey” a collection of seascapes paintings and sculptures of the Niger-Delta Area of Nigeria. MY ART: Art in its entirety is unlimited by way of expression. What I dream, believe, experience and create as an artwork, is one that has balance in subject matter, style and form. For example, It could be pure and serene, troubling and depressing yet so inspirational and beautiful. My art drains strenght and depth from the beauty and power of deep-rooted african traditions and culture especially that of my Niger-Delta people,but iam by no means limited in my traditionalism. My art renditions are corrective themes of societal,political decadence of contemporary and global import.Most importantly,some are social-cultural and spiritual representations that are meant to be recorded for posterity and use to foster unity,peace and harmonious living in our diverse society of different cultural values and religious inclinations thereby bringing about world peace and a better appreciation of humanity at large.

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