Johnson Ocheja, born in 1993 in Kogi State, Nigeria, is a self-taught Nigerian artist hailing from an Igala-speaking community. His unique artistic style involves painting intricate scenes of black subjects using blue pigment. Employing the impasto technique, he uses his fingers to create distinct marks on his subjects' skin, drawing inspiration from the African cultural tradition of scarification. Ocheja's portraits serve as powerful expressions of black consciousness and beauty, emphasizing the richness of African heritage. Having experienced life in both Kogi and Kaduna states, each with its own stories, cultures, and identities, Ocheja incorporates these diverse elements, along with considerations of politics, religion, ethnicity, and race, into his art. Ocheja, a graduate in Statistics from Kogi State University, currently resides and works in Kaduna State, using his art as a means to engage with and comment on the various societal issues affecting his community.
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