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‘My drawing connects to people, brings societal changes’

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Ebuka Anyiam, a student of Anambra State University, is also an electrical engineer and visual artist. He is one of the many artists and art lovers, who are passionate about hyper realism, because of their strong resemblance to what they are referencing.

Ebuka draws inspiration from friends, other artists and his environment to actualise pieces, which he exhibits on his social media pages. He is drawn to the fact that every piece he creates, puts smiles on people’s faces and makes them connect to his world of art.

“A photo speaks a thousand words, so, basically, a picture can solve a problem in a society by creating an image in people’s minds and making them see things through a particular painting or drawing, showing them that there is more to what they are going through right now than just hatred, but a drawing explains certain words that can’t be defined,” he says.

According to him, “my hyper realistic artworks are based on portrait drawings. It could take me a long time, probably two weeks to a month, or thereabout, to finish a drawing. It depends on the size of the portrait I’m working on or the concept I intend to portray.”

He adds, “there’s a way a drawing connects to certain people, helping them change their perspective towards life. So, I think an artwork can really change a society for the better, just by putting words in a drawing and someone connects to it, it creates a whole new being. I want people see that the world could be a better place to live in when they understand a certain picture and the way it connects to them.”

Ebuka says a few artists and their artworks are his favourite. His words: “Artists I admire a lot are Kelvin Okafor, Arinze Stanley Egbengwu, Ayogu Kingsley, Ken Nwadiogbu and Oscar Ukonu. However, my favourite artwork from these contemporary artists is Arinze’s Mindless series.”

He smiles, saying, “also for me is mine Diamond. It is a favourite piece.”

Speaking on his goals, he says, “I want to become a professional artist, touching the lives of people through my art, bringing smiles to people’s faces and continuously being a blessing to others.”

Ebuka also dropped a few words of advice for artists wanting to improve their efforts. “For those who want to get better in their art, I urge you to keep pushing, keep being disciplined, consistent and also patient. These are very important,” he explains.


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