Obi hales from Biafra, West Africa. He was raised by French Missionary parent deep in the jungle of Cameroon. “I didn’t speak French so I learned how to communicate by drawing pictures. Art was my first language.”
A graduate of the Institute of Management and Technology, (IMT) Enugu, Africa and later Santa Monica College in Fine Arts Painting & Printmaking. Obi came to the US by invitation of the American Embassy and spent a year as Artist in Residence in New York City. Later he moved to Philadelphia where he taught art in the Philadelphia public school system. Once again, due to his thick accent, spoken language posed a challenge. He turned to his first language “art,” sketching and drawing on the blackboard. This created an interaction of communication through art and was the Genesis of Live Painting process for which Obi is widely known. This process evolved into a mixture of many elements and culminated into “Difusion.”
“If you want to know what is going on, check my art.”
Difusion is a live painting process that includes the viewer in the experience of creation. Obi used God and music as motiving inspirational forces that propels him into motion creating a Primordial Passionate Dance of Art Paintings and Linoprints, his tools of choice are palette knives and print rollers. The Bam Bam of the paint tong from the knife to the canvas creates a sound and rhythm with textures of emotion.
Obi provocatively confronts stereo types with art. He paints the unseen without judgment. Wickedness, Evil, Negativity, Beauty, Love, God, Passion, Sensitivity, War and Hunger. “If you want to know what is going on, check my art.”
Obi is widely collected both at home and abroad. He has exhibited in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA. He currently resides in Simi Valley. While working in his printmaking studio there he operates Obi Clothing (Wear it and Frame it) a “Wearable Art Clothing” company specializing in hand printed linocut tees and clothing.