Artist Statement My artwork is a way for me to express my views of the world and times in which we live. I paint images of life in the United States as well as my travels to Senegal, Spain, and my “homeland” Nigeria. I want to portray on canvas the struggles and triumphs, the joys and the pains, happiness and sadness of life. My desire is to share the human experience through my eyes: To put my interpretation of things in color on my canvas. I begin a new piece one of three ways: I sketch an image with pencil, I sketch out the image in oil pastel or I gesso a canvas and then follow the texture with pain until an image takes shape. I enjoy the feel, sight, and smell of oil paint; like Kandinsky, colors make music to me. A piece is finished when the story I am trying to convey has been told on canvas. I paint until adding another brush stroke would change the story.
My current work has grown out of my travels, first hand experience, and imagination. In my earlier works I used more muted tones and colors. I find that while my pallet still varies in my use of color, I seem to be using more vibrant, happy, softer colors. I feel the use of these brighter colors is to resurrect and transform the emotional influence of the harsh realities I have faced recently. But it is through my hardship that I found triumph. This can be seen in my paintings with the choice of subject matter and by weaving together the stories of those who are often overlooked or outcast by society or forgotten by the world. I continue to live for creating new images and open the world to new avenues and ways of observing the world through my eyes!
Bio Born to Nigerian immigrant parents, Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu spent his early years between his birthplace DC and Nigeria. He has been greatly influenced by his children and both his Nigerian- American culture. Osuchukwu graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC.He uses his gift of to bring awareness to issues of social and political justice. Chinedu has been featured in museums, galleries, esteemed personal collections and periodicals worldwide such as the:, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine, and Peggy Cooper Cafritz Collection just to name a few. Osuchukwu has been teaching art in Washington DC area schools for the past fifteen years and he has inspired thousands of students. Chinedu is also the founder and CEO an arts education and portfolio development program. He finds his strength being active in in the community. Currently he is working on his MFA degree at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland.