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

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Chiamonwu Ifeyinwa Joy’s hyper-realistic charcoal drawings can easily be mistaken for real-life black and white images taken with a camera, but their fine detail has been applauded all over the world and viral on social media.

 

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Hyperrealism is fast becoming a popular art form in Nigeria with up-and-coming artists like Arinze Standley and Kevin Okafor making a name for themselves, it’s such an achievement to see a female artist also making a mark on this largely male-dominated area.

 

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This brilliant and self-taught Nigerian artist has left many people in awe with her drawings, and her drawings have given rise to many likes and retweets. She posted much of her work on social media and encouraged her followers to see the journey each portrait takes from start to finish.

Using just charcoal and graphite pencils, Chiamonwu has taken Igbo culture to the fore and exhibited her artwork at the annual two-week Insanity Art Exhibition.

 

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Chiamonwu began drawing at the age of 6 years, but began making professional drawings at the age of 20 years, after realizing how successful she was with her craft.

For large portraits, she said that it takes about a month to complete but two or three weeks for smaller canvases. The model she uses is mostly near family members and close friends she sketches in her studio next to her parents’ house.

Now that she’s acquired a great following, she wants to travel internationally and highlight her work at numerous exhibits around the world, and eventually collaborate with art galleries as well.