Photo: Nina Epelle

Photo: Nina Epelle

The Artist

Chike Azuonye, born in Okigwe, Nigeria in 1958, is a figurative, portrait and abstract painter. Classically trained, with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1987), he has a very impressive portfolio of commissioned work in oil, charcoal, acrylic, pencil and pastel. His paintings are colourful, vibrant and mainly painted in oils. A lot of his figurative works are stylised, depicting scenes inspired by his Igbo background, and are often done in impasto, using palette and painting knives.

For over two decades, Chike organised and led many art workshops in primary schools, secondary schools and in community art centres around London. He holds a Certificate in Artists in Schools Training from the Institute of Education, University of London (1995), as well as a Diploma in Digital Origination from University of the Arts, London (2005).

Chike has had several solo, joint and group exhibitions since 1984 in Nigeria, France and the UK; notably, ‘Offspring of the Mind’ in Enugu, Nigeria (1988); ‘Symbols and Cymbals’ in London (1994) and ‘Exhibition of Recent Paintings’ also in London (2004).

His paintings are in private and public collections in the United Kingdom, Finland, USA, Nigeria, Italy, Canada and France.

Chike is co-founder of the Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK) – a collective of highly talented Nigerian artists – of which he is the Vice President. The collective is currently active and have recently enjoyed a successful exhibition entitled ‘Legacies of Biafra’, SOAS Brunei Gallery 2018.

Chike lives and works in South East London (UK).