Updated: Sep 4, 2022
Aluu Prosper Chigozie, a self-taught visual artist with an emphasis on Afrocentrism and a Pan-Africanist goal to promote unity in Africa, chats with us about his art, the policies that must be put in place to support artists, and the significance of his pieces. He is also a Nigerian civil engineer from the Ebonyi State who began studying surrealism in 2021 as a means of self-expression; this motivation is now apparent in his works from the year 2022.
“As an artist who always has focused on human expressions, feelings, emotions, and psychology, it was a means to easily express how I feel and how the people around me feel through the use of emojis in place of human heads.”
We got to see how his art is a means to push a narrative of a better representation of the African race. Beyond his art, Aluu prosper sees himself as an Oliver Twist, always wanting more, always believing there’s more to his art and life than what he currently experiences, and this is just a starting point for him to soar higher.
Here’s our conversation with him below:
What’s your earliest memory of creating art?
My earliest memory of creating art was when I was little, drawing cartoon characters, comics, and diagrams in school assignments and class work.
When did you discover surrealism was the niche for you?
I explored surrealism in 2021 to express myself, which was later seen in my works in 2022. As an artist who has always focused on human expressions, feelings, emotions, and psychology, it was a means to quickly express how I feel and how the people around me feel through the use of emojis in place of human heads.
When asked why he feels people should feel art mentally and physically, even on a 2D, Prosper explains that art can be anything. The artist defines what art is as far as he can convince people that what he’s doing is art.
I think art is everything, and it should not just be seen or heard.
It should be felt both physically, emotionally, mentally, e.t.c. In some works, I made it possible to feel three dimensionalities of a subject even on a 2-dimensional surface.
He explains further that his new contemporary paintings are figurative and can be termed mannerist with tinges of expressionism.<