Vincent Osemwegie

Born in 1977 - South Africa


The South African contemporary art, represented through Vincent Osemwegie's work, offers to the look a series of artworks marked with a big artistic delicacy and haloed with a particular aura carried by ideals.

Art lover since his childhood, the artist born in 1977 in Nigeria, turns quite naturally to studies centred on the discipline of the paint. A few years later, his obtained diploma, and he takes up residence in South Africa, where he lives since 2009.

After an artistic tumultuous start full of pitfalls, year 2013 is a radical turning point in Vincent Osemwegie's career. This translates into a spectacular evolution of his pictorial technique which is transformed and matures, passing from the realism towards an asserted expressionism. Released from conventions and any conformist yoke, the artist who finally found his own artistic identity, integrates into his creations the technique of the coulure and the dripping of the painting, which brings more character and density to his artworks, and underlines the subject's intensity.
He moves the brush on the canvas with fluidity, distilling sparingly touches of paint, taking care of bringing to each of his paintings a distinct uniqueness.

A great dance's admirer in general and ballet in particular, Vincent Osemwegie pays tribute, through a remarkable work, to Kitty Phetla, the first black ballerina to have interpreted the leading part in "The Dying Swan" in 2002, on the occasion of a concert given in honor of Nelson Mandela to the Royal Carre Theater of Amsterdam.
Inspired by the passion, the dedication, the talent and the determination of this ballerina, the South African artist realized a series of artworks depicting ballet dancers in their "moments of grace".

The spirit of his symbolic paints representing alternately the happiness, the hardness and life's celebration, could be defined through this philosophy: "Making right, to our best capabilities, the wrong things we come across in life, before considering the option of discarding them."

During his career Vincent Osemwegie has participated in several group exhibitions, in contemporary art fairs, and in 2014, in solo representation in Johannesburg, in South Africa.

With great sincerity, the artist ends in these terms tinged with devotion: "I believe art is spiritual and I acknowledge God as my sole inspiration."

- Anastasia Chevel

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