London

Odinakachi Okoroafor
Born 1989 in Abia, Nigeria
Lives and works in Enugu, Nigeria
Odinakachi Okoroafor is a mixed media artist whose work is an exploration of detailed and delicate lines, inspired by barcodes and lace patterns. Using imagery from his childhood and community as a point of departure, his paintings examine the Black figure through the lenses of daily life and social and political struggle. Akin to scars — physical and symbolic — the automated barcode lines confront complex histories of the body as a commodity, both historically and in present-day contexts. At a young age, Okoroafor was introduced to different printing techniques in a technical college. Consequently, he employs screen printing techniques, brush, and image transfer to create his compositions. Okoroafor holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 
Odinakachi Okoroafor, Echiche (Thoughts), 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 127 x 101.6 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Kanbi Projects.

Artists 2022