Nefe Ogodo

Nigeria, Abuja

Tell us about yourself
Born in Warri Delta state, Nigeria in the 80s. I developed a strong love and passion for art at an early age. I never hesitated to draw on empty exercise books or newly painted walls in the neighborhood. This drove me to study art at one of Nigeria's foremost art schools, Auchi Polytechnic in Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria. I obtained a Higher National Diploma, in 2006 and a Post National Diploma for painting in 2010.

What kind of art do you do?
As an artist, I express myself in so many ways. Depending on the environment I find myself in.  When I find myself in a place where there is no access to colours or paints I use found objects like waste plastics or fabrics to paint. But I enjoy painting impasto with Pallet knife and I love using pen and ink to make intricate drawings, mainly figurative.

How did you get started & how long have you been doing it?
I started art since 1993 but I started art professionally in 2010 after graduation.

What or who inspired you?
I'm inspired by God almighty, global trends, day to day happenings in the society and Africa's rich cultural heritage. Artists like Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kent Onah, Sam Ovriety, Ikechukwu Okoronkwo Francis, Ben Ibebe inspires me a lot.

How do you work?
I use pen and ink on paper. I do impasto painting with oil colours on canvas. I enjoy painting in my studio.


How has your practice change over time?
I paint to express myself. I always try different mediums from time to time but I never ignore my selling points.

What's integral to your work as an artist?
Stylization: it makes my works stand out from the crowd

What has been a seminal experience in your career?
Combining African motifs and Egyptian hieroglyphics to showcase African history in my pen and ink works.

What's your favorite piece from your collection?
Kalabari Festival (pen and ink)

Where does your inspiration come from when you are working? Do you have different inspirations for each piece?
When I read a book and I come across something I like, I jot them down as potential topics for painting. For instance, intoxicated with the wines of luxury. I will a deep thinking on the topic, breaking it down.  As I paint, more inspiration comes.


What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
If you go on with this speed, skills, and commitment you put into your work, the world will stand for you someday.

Professionally, what's your goal? What is your dream project?
To do world-class paintings, that can fit-in in any home and class. To exhibit in different great cities across the 7 continents and to solve global problems and be a source of joy to millions of people across the globe.

What message would you like to convey through your art?
No matter your tribe, language or colour; we are one.

What obstacles have you faced as an artist? What obstacles have you had with getting more people to know about your work?
Here in Nigeria, they buy art based on the size and not based on the quality and time the artist put into the work. I'm an artist and not a marketer, therefore, I lack the management and business expertise of the job.