Matthew Eguavoen, born in 1988 and currently residing in Lagos, Nigeria, is a burgeoning contemporary artist hailing from Edo State. Although he initially pursued a Bachelor's in Civil Engineering and Structures at the University of Port Harcourt, his passion for art led him to embark on a self-study artistic journey during his final year.
As a full-time contemporary painter, Matthew employs a mix of oil and acrylic paints, charcoal, and graphite pencils in his works. His art serves as a powerful medium to narrate stories that delve into the emotions and demeanor of his subjects, addressing societal, economic, and political issues in Nigeria.
Eguavoen's paintings reflect his concerns about the societal, political, and economic imbalances affecting humanity. He tackles themes such as the impact of slavery on Africa, the erosion of traditional African values, the influence of Western morality, and the exodus of Africans to Western countries in search of better opportunities.
His works have garnered attention globally and are featured in collections across West Africa, the USA, Europe, and North America. In his artist statement, Matthew emphasizes his deep concern for the impact of his work on society, exploring themes that capture the essence of the human experience and provoke emotional responses from viewers. His intricate brushstrokes serve as a visual representation of his subjects' experiences, inviting viewers to delve into the complexities of identity formation, mental health, gender constructs, and the impact of society and government on individuals.
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