Nigerian born, Chidi A.
Okoye graduated with a distinction in sculpture (Higher
National Diploma) from the Institute of Management and
Technology in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1988. For the next six years he
taught sculpture and drawing at Federal Polytechnic Oko Anambra
State Nigeria. During this period, he created an outstanding
collection, not only sculpting, but painting and writing as
well. In Nigeria, He had his national solo exhibition
“Textures of Life” and launching of his book
“Lamentation” at national museum Lagos in 1993 sponsored by
Mobil Producing Nigeria. Okoye is as famous for his poetry as
for his painting and sculpture.
He participated in various creative
competitions, like those to design posters for the Festival
Sundiata in Seattle, which he won in 1995, 1996 and Sundiata
best artist of the Year 1998. He designed a poster and logo,
“Spirit of the Nation”, for the Canadian Heritage Art
Society in Victoria BC in 1997. He designed and created an award
statues for Black Historical Society in Vancouver BC in 1999,
also in 1999 won first prize in the Co-op Radio Poster
Competition in Vancouver BC.
In 2001 Okoye came to Atlanta where
he has been actively involved in the creative art community. He
won the first prize, South Fulton County Gallery Best Artist of
the year 2002. He has participated in the jury art shows of
National Black Art Festival Atlanta from 2002 to 2004. He
recently executed Award commission for 2004 Clark Atlanta
University ADVANCE Leadership Award. Chidi collaborated with
Nelson Mandela in Unity Series in 2004.
Apart from being the artist of
numerous sold-out limited editions Chidi’s works have won the
admiration of local and international collectors. Among his long
list of works in private and public collection are in Delta
Airline Atlanta, Water Resources, Atlanta; Resurrection Life
Center Montgomery Alabama; President office, University of
British Columbia, Vancouver BC; Villa Benzi, Caerano, Italy;
Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria,
Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu; Federal
Polytechnic Oko, Nigeria; Mobil Producing Nigeria Head office
Logos, Nigeria to mention a few.
Among His long list of solo and
group exhibitions includes his most recent international group
exhibition “ The Nelson Mandela Unity Series, World Economic
Forum, January 26th 2005 in Davos, Switzerland.
“His paintings are noble, vivid, honest and
poetic…” Diversity News, Seattle WA, USA.
“…A sculptor whose creative
instincts are clearly channeled towards a reflection of both his
contemporary and cultural heritage.”
Daily Times, Nigeria.