With this work, my intention is to prove that, as far and distant as our home may seem, it’s still our home.
Johnson Eziefula depicts young Black figures with an effortlessly impermeable and poised aura, and slowly reveals parts of their stories and identities in elements within his paintings. The painter’s works tend to reflect his belief that individuals today are constantly, and often subconsciously, shaped and molded by cultural exchange on a global scale.
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I find my major inspiration as an artist in a mix of my environment and its components. Environment in this case goes beyond my immediate physical environment. But as far as a totally different region or space, the world as of today has grown smaller and we’re much more interconnected than ever before.
Johnson Eziefula is a self-taught mixed media artist born in Nigeria in 1998. His interest and love for art has been evident since he was a child. Overtime he evolved and began practicing art professionally and publicly in October 2019.
Exploring the concept of westernization and cultural hybridization, Eziefula’s works combining charcoal, acrylic, pastel and fabric on paper and canvas, are loaded with context and history. Through Eziefula’s aesthetic jet-black bodies wearing westernized clothes setting them in different contexts, the artist plays with this intersection of cultures addressing themes of identity, human psychology and history.
Johnson Eziefula’s Enthralling Portraits Explore the Complexities of Cultural ExchangeArtsy 3.12.2021By Daria Harper for Artsy The 23-year-old Nigerian artist Johnson Eziefula depicts young Black figures with an effortlessly impermeable and poised aura, and slowly reveals...
Johnson Eziefula’s mixed-media artworks spark conversations on culture hybridity and identityIt's Nice That 15.7.2021The Nigerian artist talks us through his detailed portfolio – a mix of textured, juxtaposed and context-rich paintings Ayla Angelos for It's Nice That What...