Today we get up close and personal with artist Izuu Muoneme – a native Anambra State in South East Nigeria. Izuu or Izuchukwu Muoneme in full was born in 1985. And his passion for the arts started at an early age. He trained as a painter at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. But later went to explore other mediums. For example his use of paper and aluminum cans to explore various art forms in his collages, mosaics, and installation. In his works, he uses captivating vibrant colors and creative patterns as well as employing abstract forms in his creative expressions.
His works always narrate socio-cultural issues in Africa. With varied styles and technique, his works usually portray the essence of peaceful co-existence and a violent free developed society.
Where has his work been seen – well lets us start with exhibiting at Life in My City Art Festival from 2012 to 2016) wherein 2013 his collages using discarded aluminum cans got him first prize for best painting/mixed media/drawing. Not to mention being one of the finalists at the 9th National Art Competition organized by African Artist Foundation and Nigerian Breweries in Lagos, Nigeria. And his works have been shown at National Gallery of Art, Abuja-Nigeria, Spanish Embassy, Abuja-Nigeria, Thought Pyramid Art Center, Abuja, African Artists Foundation, Lagos and Palace of the Obi of Onitsha-Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta-Nigeria, and other places.
The list is endless.
Currently, Izuu works as a part of the curatorial staff at the National Gallery of Art in Enugu, Nigeria where he is a practicing artist, writing about the arts and coordinator of art talks.