I cultivate, through my painting, evocative and emotional scenes of assimilation. I use color to create a luminous quality of melancholia, allowing the viewer a powerful sense of human-ess.
Influences of Fauvism and 60s Bay Area figurative, as well as concepts from the Yoruba language are drawn on and expressed. A few examples are ‘Ona,’ meaning embellishment of form; ‘Ara,’ creativity, ‘Era,’ improvisation and ‘Pipe,’ equaling completeness.
Adding to my native Nigeria and Charlotte NC, I have also exhibited in Athens, West Virginia and Winston-Salem NC. I am currently working on an exhibition in Pittsburgh PA. Samples of my work may be viewed at http://www.ojuona.com.