Chukwuma Ekwerike is a self-taught artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He remembers his love for art stems from his childhood and teenage years, practiced drawing on his school books, making sketches, then advancing to calligraphy from his handwriting style to abstract expressions.
Art did not mean much to him until it showed up again during his early University days with more intensity, now drifting towards an in-depth development of abstraction, symbolism, and an interest in fashion drawings born out of his inspiration and explorations around the fluidity of the female form.
He was encouraged to pursue and develop his passion for art by a Ghanaian Art Professor he met during his studies at the University of Port Harcourt. He also remembers an encouragement from the artist Njideka Crosby Akunyili who via an e-mail encouraged him to develop his art.
He loves expressing himself through various media on paper, textiles, garments, and performance with inspiration from the female form/ body, African art, culture, and anything that sparks his curiosity.
His vision is to make art that evokes a strong feeling in the soul(s) of his audience, and one that positively impacts people across the world.
His works have been shown at exhibitions such as the Placenta Pop-up show at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Abeokuta, Narwhal Contemporary Gallery Ontario, TED X University of Port Harcourt, the International Trade Centre Geneva, as well as commissions from the United Nations/ Ethical Fashion Initiative.