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ART SALON: CHIJIOKE ANYACHO

July 6 - 20, 2024

Wunika Mukan Gallery is pleased to present a compelling new body of work by Nigerian artist Chijioke Anyacho. Through his evocative oil paintings of deconstructed moments in time, Anyacho offers a profound reflection on everyday life, exploring the vulnerability of loss and sacrifice, and the burden of an unforgiving reality. For Anyacho, painting is a process to understanding, of making sense of his experiences while simultaneously creating something new. Through his own lens, he explores the complexities of relationships and their different aspects within the family dynamic— navigating between displacement, vulnerability, and acceptance. Reflecting deeply on personal and shared histories of growing up without the male parent, his work traverses a realm of unspoken thoughts and feelings that oscillate between unrequited longing and reciprocal connection. This exploration births Anyacho’s artistic pursuit, where he explores a spectrum of these emotions—fear, conflict, submission, and love—melding societal expectation and the authentic self.


Another 365 days around the sun, 2024 Oil on canvas

A splash of many colors is often associated with the beauty of childhood, a season of new birth, or a moment of happiness. It is a deeply nuanced experience that varies deeply from person to person but mainly dwells on joyful innocence and vibrant expression. However, there are times when colors symbolize a weight of diversity and varied expressions, overshadowing their simplicity. Within its layers, it can hold a wealth of unhappy connotations reflecting complexities and struggles beneath the surface of outward brightness.


This new body of work particularly draws inspiration from the artist's desperate yearning for a miracle against the backdrop of unavoidable reality. They intertwine a recent experience of his inability to accept his admission into a post-graduate course and confronting issues of his lack of childhood love, feeling displaced within a family unit, and the fear of inheriting his father's traits of abandonment.



All good and perfect gift comes from above but men are fallible, 2024, Oil on canvas 36 x 48 inches

The gift that keeps giving, 2024, Oil on canvas 24 x 24 inches

A splash of many colors is often associated with the beauty of childhood, a season of new birth, or a moment of happiness. It is a deeply nuanced experience that varies deeply from person to person but mainly dwells on joyful innocence and vibrant expression. However, there are times when colors symbolize a weight of diversity and varied expressions, overshadowing their simplicity. Within its layers, it can hold a wealth of unhappy connotations reflecting complexities and struggles beneath the surface of outward brightness. This new body of work particularly draws inspiration from the artist's desperate yearning for a miracle against the backdrop of unavoidable reality. They intertwine a recent experience of his inability to accept his admission into a post-graduate course and confronting issues of his lack of childhood love, feeling displaced within a family unit, and the fear of inheriting his father's traits of abandonment.





Chijioke Anyacho

There is salvation in a kiss, 2024

Oil on canvas

32.5 x 31.1 inches


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