Clement is a self-taught artist who is skilled in various forms of art, such as sculpting and realistic paintings. Clement's unique style uses the fusion of oil and fabrics. Using his art to convey the messages of hope, justice, and happiness, Clement hopes to gain global recognition. He has already won awards for some of his pieces but is continuously striving to become a better artist and creator. Get to know Clement and explore some of his magnificent pieces.
Clement Mmaduako Nwafor
Tell us about yourself
I am a self-taught artist from Onoli-Awgu in Awgu, Local Government of Enugu State Nigeria. I finished my primary and secondary school in Anambra State before I proceeded to fine-tune my art practice under the mentorship of Oswald Uruakpa.
What kind of art do you do?
I do paintings (Impressionistic-realism and mix media) and sculpture.
How did you get started & how long have you been doing it?
I started with sculpture as my first touch with arts. Then, I tried my hand in painting until I met Mr. Oswald Uruakpa who helped fine-tune my working processes and style in painting. My paintings have evolved in the span of 6 years, from 2011 till now.
What or who inspired you?
I was inspired by Mr. Oswald Uruakpa in painting and Mr. Philip Nzekwe in sculpturing.
How do you work?
I work in my studio, not leaving behind the vibe I get from listening to classical and conscious music. I fuse fabrics into my paintings, which has been a regular occurring technique since 2015.
How has your practice changed over time?
I started out with painting photo-realistic images, which gradually evolved into a fusion of impressionistic realism and abstracts. Now my paintings are glaring with an embrace of fabrics on my works as a regular style.
What’s integral to your work as an artist?
The fusion of oil and fabrics together, and proper arrangement of random strokes to render my paintings into realistic forms.
What has been a seminal experience in your career?
Two seminal experiences of mine were when I won the 1st Position of the 5th National Visual Arts Competition in Nigeria in 2014, and the Top 24th Artist at the LIMCAF 2014 Competition respectively.
What’s your favorite piece from your collection?
Neither is the favorite above the other. I love all my creations equally.
Where does your inspiration come from when you are working?
My inspiration comes randomly from my environment.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with the most?
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The best piece of advice I have been given is to keep pushing on in my paintings, for anybody can paint.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
My goal is to work hard and become an artist whose influence will outlive him and have an impact on the young generations of artists and beyond.
What message would you like to convey through your art?
I work hard to convey the message of Hope, Justice, and Happiness through my artworks.
What obstacles have you faced as an artist?
As a self-taught artist, it has always been a serious challenge to be viewed as one whose works should be given due recognition and consideration while being surrounded by other artists who have passed through art institutions of learning.
What obstacles have you had with getting more people to know about your work?
The obstacles are finance and sponsorship. It takes a lot of finance for my work to have a global media coverage; going to international exhibitions, art fairs, and art shows.
How do you know when an artwork is finished?
I know my artwork is finished when the message I want to convey, is being conveyed.
What is your dream project?
My dream project is to bring in the global art audience to my home community. I feel it is due for recognition, documentation, appreciation, and patronage.