Check out the realistic oil portraits of Nigerian painter Clement Nwafor

Clement Mmaduako Nwafor is  a self taught Artist from Onoli-Awgu in Awgu local government of Enugu state of Nigeria., He was born on 10th of October, he finished his primary and secondary school in Anambra state 2003 and went to art training at Asaba 2008., He started with sculpture as the first touch with art then not too expose to painting until 2011 when he met with Oswald Uruakpa who helped him fine tune his painting skills., Overtime his painting has evolved since 2011 till now.

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How do you balance creativity and business?
Business of art is hard mostly at the beginning part, but my business sense is to doing the best I can to set my painting as flower to butterflies.

Why do you love what you do?
I love what I do because it is the only thing I love doing from childhood, it is the only thing that sets me aside from the crowd.

Do you have a specific process when you start a new project?
There is no specific process of starting a new painting, art is just like spirit, how it leads is how you flows.

What is your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is getting a lovely space for my studio.

What is a typical work day like? How do you keep motivated?
Every working day has its own challenges, I can never tell what I can achieve until the end of the day, I keep myself motivated from listening to classical and conscious music.

IMG_7712-01What contributions do you feel your art offers to society as a whole?
I preach ( Happiness, Hope, Justice and Freedom from mental slavery ) with my painting.

What is your most memorable experience in your journey so far?
My memorable day was when I won the 1st Prize award of art the 5th National Visual Arts Competition 2014 and the Top 24th Artist at the LIMCAF 2014 Competition respectively.

How would you say your surroundings have influenced your work?
I fix pieces of fabrics on my painting thrown away by my tailor neighbors, I recycle them and keep them in use again.

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Do you ever make political expressions in the art?
Yes severally, like my paintings titled; Do you think it is just for vegetation?, Keep playing game with my happiness, Inherited hope, Pretence 1 and 2, The generator 1 and 2, Religion and Elimination of pride etc.

What role do you think social media plays in Arts and Creativity today?
It plays a vital role in promoting the artist and exposing them to the world.

How much of  Nigeria’s culture inspires or influences your work?
I paint for humanity.

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