Chike Obeagu, born in 1975 is a Nigerian artist and art lecturer. He obtained his Bachelor of Art and Master of Fine Art degrees from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating magna and summa cum laude respectively. Obeagu uses mixed media, painting, photography, installation art and poetry to comment on the social and political environment.
Chike is known for his photo-collage technique, this technique involves a seamless melding of colorful magazine and billboard poster cutouts and acrylic or oil paints, such that it is not always easy to tell where paper meets paint. In his compositions, he creates depth by carefully playing with scale, perception, and color. He achieves an embossed effect by using thick slabs of acrylic paint or polymer glue to outline figurative elements and built structures, and to break the picture surface into grids or panels. Obeagu’s works are often configured as narratives that reflect cultural, social, political, and economic concerns, and are at times laced with humor. His interest in everyday experiences includes both the banal and the poignant. His themes range from human interaction, music, religion, prostitutes on street corners, love and relationships, arsonists, and highway robbers, to historical events such as colonialism and the advent of Christianity in Nigeria.
He is the recipient of several prizes and awards, including a shared 1st prize in the 2011 National Arts Competition, Nigeria, for a collaborative work with Uche Uzorka. His work are held in international collections, both public and private, and has featured in numerous exhibitions, including CREO, Abuja (2017); Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Taittinger Gallery, New York (2015); the Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); and Dak’Art, Senegal (2014).
Chike Obeagu’s works have featured in exhibitions at the Richard Taittinger Gallery and the Hood Museum of Art.
Chike Obeagu’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $2,656 USD to $14,087 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. The current record price for this artist at auction is $14,087 USD for “LIFE PERFORMANCE”, sold at Arthouse Contemporary Limited in 2017. Chike Obeagu is featured in Luciano Benetton Presents Art Collection in China, a piece from New York Times in 2016.