Gerald Chukwuma is a celebrated Nigerian artist with an increasingly international presence and following. His parents were not enthusiastic to see their son follow a creative career, but Gerald could not be stopped and managed to finance his livelihood and university fees in order to study fine art. He graduated from the prestigious Nsukka Art School , University of Nigeria, with first class degree specializing in painting.
Chukwuma enjoys working on a bigger scale than many other artists, presenting bold statements with his works created from wood and mostly recycled objects.
He bridges the gap from traditional Uli and Nsibidi symbolism to contemporary abstraction with ease, developing his very own visual language and impact.
The combination of infinite creativity with detailed craftsmanship offers an irresistible visual feast.
In 2008 and 2012 he emerged as one of the top 3 winners of the prestigious National Arts Competition, he featured on cable news network, CNN’s inside Africa programme – showcasing his unique artworks in 2011, in 2014 , the University of Nigeria commissioned him to produce pieces for the Art School. In 2017 he was commissioned to produce a monumental Ootdoor piece by the Lagos State government.
Chukwuma has taken part in aprox. 20 exhibitions in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Turkey and the United States. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and 3 children.
I never use one wood for one work. It is like a piano.
They all have their notes.
GERALD CHUKWUMA | True Africa, article by Dayna Mahannah, 2017
Exhibitions at ODA