Chigozie Obi experiments with the use of the layering of multiple materials to tell stories formed from personal and societal experiences. Her paintings act as a channel for thoughts, ideas and feelings that are inspired by events in her life as well as those around her. The body, beauty standards and the strive for self-acceptance are regular themes in her work, with the aim of creating sustained conversations about cultural narratives and how people are affected by them, particularly women.
During her residency at Gasworks Obi plans to continue the series, Le Journal de Gozie (Gozie’s Journal), which will document her journey from Lagos to London and back.
Chigozie Obi lives and works in Lagos. She obtained a bachelors degree of Visual Arts from the Creative Arts department, University of Lagos (2017). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions which include, The Invincible Hands, Shyllon Museum, Lagos; Real Life Is Fragile, Thinkspace Projects, Los Angeles (both 2021), and MoCada Museum's silent auction (2019). She was selected as one of the recipients of the Tilga Fund for Arts Grant (2020) and is the winner of the Access Bank ART X Prize (2021).
ART X Lagos supports emerging Nigerian artists to deepen the engagement with the African and African Diasporan art community through the annual art fair and endeavors such as the ART X Prize with Access in cooperation with its partner Access Bank.