Vincent Osemwegie

Vincent Osemwegie

Born into a polygamous family of one man and five wives, Vincent grew up knowing 21 siblings. He spent a greater part of his childhood years with his grannies, where his artistic talent was discovered. As recalled by his grandmother, he was often found, nose dip in sands, scribbling while his peers played away.

Before Vincent was exposed to colours, he modeled human forms and houses with red earth he scratched off the walls of his grannies’ house.

Having painted his very first painting, at an early age, on an unprepared board with poster colours, Vincent’s style and technique has successfully evolved from his realistic rendition of his, images/subject matter to his resent style and technique, where images are expressively interpreted. In this new technique, which he is still very much exploring, he creates images with drippings of paints, with little or no brush contact with his work surface. The way and swift manner in which he controls these drippings  over his work surface, which are usually laid on the floor, is responsible for the variation in lines sizes, giving his paintings the unique characteristics they posses.

Vincent gives credits to Conrad Bo, for introducing him to The Super Blur Art Movement, which was the igniting force for his most recent painting style.  In ‘Super Blurring’ a painting, elements from other art movements like Superflat, Superstroke, Pointillism , Cubism etc, are interpreted in such a manner that they are less distinct to the eyes.

Vincent’s relocation to South Africa definitely has a great impact on his art. His experience in the vibrant, busy and “not so welcoming” city of Johannesburg, especially with the taxi drivers, leaves him with an inconclusive resolution about the people in Johannesburg. In a bid to overcome his disappoints, he resorts to appreciate and celebrate the positive sides of the city, as could be seen in his resent paintings which he themed THE DANCING CITY OF JOZI. He symbolically expressed his thoughts and feelings about the happy and carefree attitudes of people of Jozi, whose work and party days’ ratio is 3:4. Most of the Jozites are excited about weekends, which for most start on Fridays and end on Monday mornings.

Upon His arrival to Jozi in 2009, he participated in an art installation exhibition, at the bag factory in New Town, organized by Bronwyn Lace. In 2010 and 2011, he alongside other artists held three art exhibitions in the Johannesburg Military Museum, now known as Ditsong Museum of South Africa.

Vincent believes art is spiritual. He believes and acknowledges God as his sole inspiration. His paintings are usually symbolic and his mastery over his colours is evident in his colour usage.