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Realistic Art by Charles Marcelo

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Okudo Bonaventure Chinemelum Marcelo, also known as Charles Marcelo, is a Nigerian artist working in the genre of realism. “I am also the founder and curator of the ART SPY informative visual arts gallery where I repost the works of various artists while also giving a basic or in-depth definition of their work.”

realistic art by charles marcelo - the spark youth empowerment platforms in nigeria

“I studied Mechanical Engineering and Maintenance but I always had love for Art and research. I read a lot about various art related subjects – I taught myself how to draw, and when in late 2013, I discovered the works of Kelvin Okafor (British-Nigerian realism artist), I was inspired and started to practice often with cartoons and similar subjects. There’s this idea that our parents/guardians (especially here in Nigeria) have about artists, they think it is play and a waste of time.”

“They want us to pursue careers they are familiar with and which they feel is more lucrative, and so for this reason, it has been very challenging for me and my choice to practice art. The truth is like every other career choice, art is equally as lucrative and filled with so much more opportunities than they choose to realise.”

“Over the years till now, my work has improved both in skill and narrative. I have been in two group exhibitions and have others ahead to participate in.”

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“My Art can employ Surrealism (a style of art that is mostly about imagination and things a little outside of reality) and impressionism with mixed media depending on the issues I want to address with each new work.”

“I am a very emotional person, I feel the slightest of things, and art has helped me be able to address these emotions. I can choose to have a work about the home/private life of people or about the happenings in the society. It is not always like this though, sometimes I make art out of subjects I love, and Yes, I work portraits most of the time.”

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“I think my biggest inspiration comes from within, when I spend time alone, but I also draw inspiration from my environment as well.”

Find him on

Instagram: @marcel.rts

Feature gallery where he reviews other artist’s works is also on Instagram: @art_spy

“In the future, I will get a studio space for more convenience.”



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