Chineze Okpalaoka is a self-taught artist based in Columbus, OH. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from The Ohio State University and upon graduation, moved to South Africa as a Fulbright teaching assistant, where she facilitated creative arts, literacy, and leadership programs. She credits this period of her life as a critical turning point in the development of her artistry. Deeply inspired by the integral role art has played in past and present global movements towards freedom, her work seeks to record the human experience through visual storytelling and sound.
"An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that’s true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians…And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved." - Nina Simone
Chineze first began painting in 2015, and continues to use art as a medium through which she explores the nuances of hope, redemption, justice, and cultural identity. She sees her faith and art as inextricably linked, and her work is often an extension of the certain battles and promised victories in the Christian walk.
Photographed by Meeks Media.