For decades, the art industry have been dominated by men so much that it has been associated with masculinity. Recently things started changing as more women are seen displaying their great talents in visual arts industry.
Anthonia Nneji Chinansa is one of the great female visual artist we have presently in Nigeria. She graduated in 2016 from the University of Lagos, emerging only female amongst others.
From a family of traditional carvers and masquerade carvers, it seemed only natural that her talent affiliated towards the arts. With constant support from her mum who encouraged her to continue to express her talent by busty hi no her crayons, colored pencils, drawing pads and others.
She decided to hone her talent professionally and began selling some of her art works even while she was a student.
Despite the constant intimidation by being the only girl in a class of seven males and constant criticism from people who doubted she couldn’t cope with such environment, Nneji graduated at the top of her class, coming a close second with the best student.
Working majorly with oil and acrylic on canvas, Nneji came into limelight through her first exhibition in November last year where she was awarded the only emerging artist at the event, she has since participated in 4 exhibitions, including one held by the society of Nigerian artists, of which she is a member.
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