Paul Mbah Chukwudi (b. 1992) in Wales, UK is a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He’s a self taught visual artist who creates hyperreal drawings that exude elements of figurative abstraction, viscera and gothic Africana using pencil on paper.
“I make art that is very personally driven but also socially conscious. I try to establish relationships between my own emotions and the dynamics of my immediate environment whilst prioritizing aesthetic and working towards the betterment of myself as a person, as an artist and as a part of my society.
Each stroke is a slice of the life force around me. Every single drawing is based on a real experience, state of mind or my thoughts about something. My drawings, more often than not, visualize the imperfections, struggles, difficulties and tensions that are characteristic of my immediate third world’s climate infused with my own battles against melancholia and insecurities.
Honesty is the bedrock of my work, be it in rendering textures and forms with pencil on paper or with how I address various subject matters. The eventuality is a journey towards self discovery, for both myself and the audience, in a bid to make sense of events that hit close to home.”