Daniel’s art is inspired by his immediate environment, and life experiences both in the past and in the present. In his work, he employs the use of traditional beads which represents Symbolical meanings to certain cultures of his people. His work cuts across themes like love, struggle, culture, and Identity. The delineation of Owls in his work is a symbol of the identity of his community which was named after Owls by his Ancestors. He creates art because he sees it as a form of telling stories of his people and also propagating Culture. Due to the influence of western Culture, a lot of people tend to forget where they come from.
Art to him is therapeutic, a tool, and a voice. The representation of his subject with yellow and black eyes is to give them an identity. Because those colors possess so much value to the Igala Culture. The yellow or gold color represents hospitality and richness, and the black represents fertility and the mineral resources of his land. Daniel hopes to create a form of a dialogue between his subject and his audience. His subjects are people he comes in contact with, friends, and family.
Daniel Oguche Junior hails from the north-central part of Nigeria’s Kogi state; he is a native of the Igala tribe. He was born in the northern city of Kano. Developed his interest in art at a very young age which made him play with pieces of paper and even makes sketches at the back of his notes while in school. Daniel Oguche Junior is a self-taught figurative and portrait artist who developed his skills by exploring mediums like charcoal, acrylic, and oil paint to communicate his ideas, thoughts, and emotions through art. He graduated with a B.Tech in Surveying and Geoinformatics from the Federal University of Technology Minna Nigeria. He has worked in private collections across Europe.
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