it’s that time of the month where I get to introduce you all to a new artist. Today I would like for you to meet Cecilia. Once again, this was a social media find, and turns out we have a whole lot in common! Nigerians (but 1st generation something else), Texas residents, pro hoopers and artists…like whaaat?! This artist is at the beginning of her career, but her work is amazing and I for one cannot wait to see her portfolio grow over the years!
So, ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you Cecilia N. Okoye !!
1. WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I was born in Houston, Texas and raised in DFW, Texas mainly Mansfield, tx.
2. WHEN DID YOU START CREATING?
I started creating as a hobby in elementary school.
3. SELF THOUGHT OR ART SCHOOL?
I’m a self-taught artist but what helped was trying to be able to draw like my brother and sister when I was younger which started my interest.
4. HOW WOULD YOU CLASSIFY YOUR WORK?
It’s hard to say what I would classify it as, but I would say it’s more Afro-Centric than anything else.
5. HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED OVER TIME?
Yes, I believe my style changed over time and will continue to change because I first started pencil sketching, then moved to acrylic paint, then started making art videos of the process, and now I’m in the process of shifting towards animated videos.
6. THE VIDEOS ARE A VERY INTERESTING ADDITION TO YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS, WHEN DID YOU START USING THEM AND WHY?
I used the video for the first time 2 years ago and the idea was to get the viewer more involved in the final product of the art. I believe people will be more connected if the see the process as well.
7. HOW DO YOU BALANCE BEING A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER AND AN ARTIST?DO YOU CREATE DURING SEASONS?
The way I balance art and basketball is really just painting during off season mainly but I will try and squeeze some art work in during the season.
8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR WORK TAKING YOU?
I’m not really sure where I want my art to take me but I hope I will find an opportunity where I can do something with art or creativity for a living.
9. PROUDEST ART ACHIEVEMENT?
My proudest art achievement would be my Kid N Play portraits because that was the first acrylic painting that turned out how I wanted.
10. ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS TRYING TO LEAVE THEIR MARK?
My advice to any young artists is never let something you love to do turn into a job that ruins that excitement. Keep creating what you connect with.
Ciao for now,