Vincent Osemwegie | Nigeria
Vincent Osemwegie was born in 1977 in Nigeria but lives and works in South Africa since 2009.
Creative from childhood, Vincent studied painting in art school.
After failing in various attempts to succeed as an artist, the year 2013 marks a drastic turnaround in Vincent’s artistic career when he made a firm decision to take art full-time.
His technique turned from realistic to expressive and enjoying the freedom found in his recent technique, Vincent creates images with drippings of paints, with little or no brush contact to his work surface. The manner in which he moves his brush over his canvas results in the variation of his lines sizes, giving them distinct uniqueness. He believes art is spiritual and acknowledges God as his sole inspiration. His paintings are usually symbolic, and the use of stitches expresses his belief in “making right, to our best capabilities, the wrong things we come across in life, before considering the option of discarding them.”
His desire to work with media that are yet to be explored in the art has recently landed him to paint on Perspex, and this has impacted his artistic career positively.
His notable work portrays Kitty Phetla, known for her performance of The Dying Swan at the Royal Carre Theatre at the Faranani Concert for Nelson Mandela in Amsterdam in 2002. Inspired by this ballerina’s passion, dedication, focus, and hard work towards her career, Vincent’s major works portray ballet dancers in their “moments”.
Group exhibition, Lizamore & Associates, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Living Artists Emporium, Maboneng, Johannesburg, South Africa
Group exhibition, organized by Bronwyn Lace, Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa