Oswald Anayo Uruakpa is an Abuja-based contemporary Nigerian Artist/Painter. Oswald is from Oboama Ezimihitte Mbaise LGA, Imo state. He has distinguished himself as an artist with rare talent. Having at the tender age of seven displayed instinct of art consciousness through devoted attachment to drawing and painting. he kept exploring the world of art as his intuition reveals. After his secondary school certificate examination in 1987, he opened his art studio where he worked until he bagged a provisional scholarship award in 1991 by the then-government of Imo state, Nigeria to study art following his display of artistic prowess. He eventually gained admission same year to study fine and applied arts at the prestigious Institute of Management and Technology (I.M.T) Enugu.
His choice of fine art as a course of study stemmed from the fact that he had an innate desire to express himself in a more emotional but non-verbal way and the support from his equally creative mother, who bought him his first set of art materials at age seven. While at IMT, he was outstanding as an artist of distinction as he was idolized by his fellow students.
From the beginning, he had been a realist and has now developed a style: impressionistic-realism. This unique style he christened “cobwebs” a remarkable example of this style is displayed and expressed in his impressive portrait painting of President Goodluck Jonathan and in his “Fulani Women”
Comes from the expression of everyday life as expressed on the faces and movement of
the ordinary people and from the world around him. All these are based on instinctive response to seeing something interesting as regards light and colour because human and everything we behold is a reflection of the natural environment through light.
He has successfully practiced as a full-time studio/professional artist for a record 26 years to his credit (1987 till date). he has equally handled numerous commissions which adorn many public and private homes in Nigeria and abroad.
Traditionally, he paints with oil on canvass and sometimes Acrylic Influences: As a growing child he was chiefly influenced by Uche Anyaegbu and Okey Ibem. On the main, the likes of Michael Angello, Leonardo Da Vinci and Monet are major influence.
He holds all his paintings dear to heart because they are done with great passion and devotion and considers them all interesting and captivating pieces. Striking examples of his favourite works include the portrait of Ghali Umar Na’Abba (2001) and the painting “Sunday Morning” (2011).
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