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AS IS | Clement Mmaduako Nwafor


From Awgu in Enugu State Nigeria

Based in Abuja Nigeria

We are thrilled to interview incredible Clement Mmaduako Nwafor about his art journey, perspectives on the creative field, ways to experience art, and many more

A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?

C: My name is Clement Mmaduako Nwafor the colorful Gele Master, I am a self-taught Award-winning Artist and a full-time studio artist.

I am known very well for the colorful paintings I do of African beautiful women with heavy colorful headgear ( Gele ). I have won a first prize award in a National competition and also I have exhibited locally and internationally.

A: What inspires you the most?

C: My paintings were heavily inspired by the beauties of Africa and her politics.

A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?

C: I always paint with good music.

A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (rather artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?

C: They should learn how to be patient and should know also that strengthening their skills of drawing and shading is very important.

A: Your top 3 adjectives related to the art?

C: Art is very representative, political, and profitable.

A: The best angle to look at art is from …?

C: For me, a good place to view art is in a space where there are no distractions against the art.

A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?

C: I don't think there is a perfect phrase in starting an art conversation because art itself is all about freedom of expression, one can start with knowing the Artist, the other about the work, another about the money in art or exposure, etc.

For me, there is no perfect phrase for that it depends on what they meet on the ground.

A: Must-read books to talk about art (or do we even need them)?

C: I don't think we need to read some books before we can talk about art because art is personally related.

A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?

C: Poverty.

A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)?

C: The value you give to yourself is what people return to you.

Thank you!

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