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Check Out Nigerian Artist Chiamonwu Joy’s Life-like Charcoal Drawings

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Chiamonwu Ifeyinwa Joy hyper-realistic charcoal drawings would easily be mistaken for real life black and white photographs taken with a camera, but their fine detail have got worldwide applaud and went viral over social media.

 

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Hyperrealism is fast becoming a popular art form in Nigeria with rising artists like Arinze Standley and Kevin Okafor making a name of themselves, it is such an inspiration to see a female artist also making her mark in this seemingly male dominated field.

 

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This gifted and self-taught Nigerian artist has left many people in disbelief with her drawings and her drawings have led to many likes and retweets. She has shared most of her work on social media and allows her followers to see the journey each portrait takes from start to finish.

Using only charcoal and graphite pencils, Chiamonwu has been putting Igbo culture in the limelight, and has showcased her artwork at the annual two-week Insanity Art Exhibition.

 

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Chiamonwu started drawing from the age of 6 years but started doing professional drawings at the age of 20 years after realising how good she was with her art.

For big portraits she said she takes about a month to complete it but 2 or 3 weeks for smaller canvases. The model she uses are often close family members and close friends which she draws in her studio next to her parents’ home.

Now that she has amassed a great following, she hopes to travel internationally and showcase her work at various exhibitions around the world, and hopefully partner with art galleries as well.