VERGE OF FREEDOM Oil on canvas 30in x 40in 2018

Oil on canvas
30in x 40in

Silas Onoja

Benue, Nigeria


Tell us about yourself
I grew up a kid who loved drawing, who had so much passion for art. My parents saw my passion and aided me in the various possible ways they were able to. I also love playing football. Though my football talent didn't see the light of the day as I gradually lost interest due to a series of injuries. I proceeded to study Fine Arts at the Benue State Polytechnic in Benue, Nigeria.

What kind of art do you do?
I'm an artist who specializes in Realism Paintings.

How did you get started & how long have you been doing it?
Well, I started as a child, drawing. I started learning to draw properly in 2012, practiced more in school and in 2016 I went into painting (oil on canvas) professionally. So, I've been painting professionally for 2 years now.

What or who inspired you?
My environment inspired me greatly. I want to use my paintings to communicate to the world and to show the beauty of being at peace with yourself and the world at large.
I also get inspiration from seeing great artworks done by great artists. I also want to do great works, I wish to relate how I'm feeling on canvas.

How do you work?
I work on a daily basis, constantly practicing with colours on my brush and sitting in front of my canvas.

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What's integral to your work as an artist?
The most integral part of my work as an artist is the message I'm conveying through my paintings; a message of peace, hope, and love among the human race.

What has been a seminal experience in your career?
Coming to Abuja in 2016 was when my career as an artist took a great shape. In Abuja, I met with various great artists.  I learned from seeing their works. Some couple of interactions with them changed my mindset and made me work harder and strive to be as great as they are.

What's your favorite piece from your collection?
Honestly, I don't have a favorite piece because I try to get better with every new piece I do.

Where does your inspiration come from when you are working?
Mainly, my environment inspires me along with the message I'm trying to convey with the piece. I get different inspirations for each piece I do because they are all passing a different message. I also use good music to put me in the mood.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
The best piece of advice I've ever had was given to me by a great artist I admire so much. He said, "constant practice can make you better as an artist, give your best to every piece you do because there's someone out there watching."

What obstacles have you faced as an artist?
The main obstacle is knowing the right channels to go through in order to have more people view my work. But I'm overcoming it, all thanks to God.

Professionally, what is your dream project?
My goal is to be a great renowned artist, to reach out to lives through my art and to spread the messages of peace, hope, love, and joy to the world through my paintings. My dream project is to own one of the biggest galleries in the world and to have my paintings on display in the world's famous museums.



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Oil on canvas
30in x 40in