Christopher Samuel Idowu, also known as CSI, is a serial artist who explores drawing, painting, photography, music and creative writing.
Speaking on how he started, he says, “Apparently, my flair for art started way back in my primary school. My brother’s drawings and his comic books spurred my love for art. Though it wasn’t serious then due to my siblings’ decision for me to become a medical doctor, yet I doodled. It was later affirmed in my secondary school; after winning an art award for my school as a “finalist” in a national art competition organized by Chevron/NNPC in 2012. The award made my family change their mind and they accepted that I should follow my passion. I proceeded to Yaba College of Technology, where I obtained my OND(Ordinary National diploma) in General Art recently.
According to Christopher, his philosophy in life is that challenges make one stronger. However, “making my voice heard has been a challenge due to lack of funding. There was a time I had an invitation to receive an art award in London, which I won in 2013, but I couldn’t go due to financial issues. So to speak, all these have made me stronger.”
He draws inspiration from every single episode of life. “My purpose as an artist is to give back to the society what it gave to me; so I always try to make art that solves every human and societal puzzle.”
He mentioned a number of projects that made him believe in himself. “By the grace of God, I have participated in couple of projects that always reassure my purpose as an artist. To mention but few; Being a finalist of Union bank centenary art challenge; working with Ur4africa for a mural at Ikeja Police Headquarters, area(F); working at Berger bridge mural for Lagos@50 with House of Bezalel, and the just concluded arts in medicine programme.
Now, he is “looking for a platform to speak to many souls’ and cause revival in the society through art, perhaps an art exhibition. “
“Youth empowerment is a key factor in any developed society,” the serial artist believes. “So to speak, as a Nigerian Youth, I believe the best way to empower youths is to create platforms where their voices can be heard and having self reliance as end product, which would help reduce government dependency. “
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