Theophilus Chima

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      Theophilus Chima is a contemporary figurative African artist in Ibadan, Nigeria. Chima was born in 1974, in Umuka Okposi, Ebonyi State Nigeria and was exposed to multidisciplinary arts as a youth. After his secondary education, he moved to Ibadan, where he explored the arts and developed his technical approach which combines realism with elements of surrealism. He aims to celebrate African culture along with day-to-day life. His work often portrays the beauty and strength of African women. Chima writes,” I enjoy juxtaposing the rich history of African culture with modern civilization and high fashion to keep history alive while also looking to the future. I want viewers to reflect on my paintings; to feel joy, peace, passion, humor and to bring relief to troubled minds in a troubled world.” His works are widely exhibited internationally and are included in many private collections.