I enjoy having quiet moments a lot, reflecting on my past and the memories I had. So many people are battling, struggling with the waves life throws at them in a world of individualism and loneliness. People try to conceal their pains, worries, and troubles. My work tries to capture these moments when individuals are having a self-interrogation and reflecting on oneself. These uncommon moments that we perceive through our thought processes are what I capture in visual reality. I intend to use my works as a therapy to heal anyone who gets connected with it according to their personal experience. The essence of memories is not to dwell in the past rather it is to use the lesson learned in the past to restructure the future. Memories are fragments of a broken vase. When put together it tells our story and the beauty of our struggles in life.
Opara Onyekachi Courage is a contemporary Nigerian Artist who lives in Owerri, Imo state where he practices as a full-time studio artist. He had his secondary education in federal science and technical college Jalingo, Tarab state. Acquiring National Technical Certificate [NTC] in Decorative painting. Opara Onyekachi Courage holds a B.A in fine Arts and design in the University of port Harcourt, River’s state. He graduated as the best painting student in 2011 with a 2nd class honors upper division. Onyekachi exhibited Artistic skills at the age of 3 when he would go outside and draw on the ground, from his imagination, recognizable images after a rainy day. As a growing child he was always thrilled whenever he sees story books with illustrations.
His works are reflections of his immediate environment and the society in general. Works of Opara Onyekachi Courage capture moments that evoke emotions, those uncommon moments that cannot be captured with a camera. Many of his works are created from imagination and rendered in realistic form, though sometimes surreal. He explores different media and materials, which he has experimented with in the past, currently he prefers to work with ac with acrylic colors.
Exhibitions – Group Shows.
- 2021: Awakening 30th September 5th, 2021. Noho Studios, 46 great Titchfield St. London UK. Curated by Aubrey Higgins, Chilli Art Project.
- 2021: Experience The 2nd, 13th-19th November 2021, Kokopelli gallery Bunmi Oluwunde streets, Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.
- 2022: 4×4+1 group exhibition 12th April – 5th of May 2022, 125 new bond street Mayfair, London, UK.
- 2022: Partnered perspective, A Contemporary Art exhibition of Nigerian Artists. 12th June – 11 September 2022. Muzeo Museum and cultural centre Anaheim Blvd, California, USA.
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