“I use my paintings to engage the intersection of physical and emotional breakdown and to hold the pieces together.”
Anthonia Nneji’s series of expressive portraitures continue to provide a focal point for her views on issues such as gender alienation and social disfunction. The monumental nature of her forms and energetic brushwork heightens the narrative associate ith her paintings. The subjects of the artist’s portraits are painted to occupy the entire canvas, allowing an immediate and visceral connection between viewer and subject.
Nneiji’s signature works emerge from a background of social crusade. Pointing to feminist ideals and gender commentaries to inform her work, Nneji engages her audience on an emotional level to inspire and influence a conversation on social injustice.
Anthonia studied Fine and Applied Art at the University of Lagos. She is one of the most imporant female Nigerlian artists emerging from Africa. Her work has been shown in exhibitions across Nigeria as well as in galleries in the U.S. She works from the Apapa Lagos studio of the famous Nigerian artist Wallace Ejoh.
September 27, 2016