Nigerian artist Oliver Okolo uses charcoal and painting to capture the subjects of his striking portraits. In 2016, he studied and worked in the studio of artist Clement Nwafor, taking the opportunity to perfect his art. The rich nuance of Okolo’s portrait recalls the work of fellow Nigerian artist Barry Yusufu, and his work has also been in dialogue with other leading contemporary artists creating figurative works such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Amoako Boafo and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami.
Today, Okolo’s paintings and drawings often start from points of reference in Western art history, refocusing works by Vermeer and Michelangelo with black subjects. He describes his practice as “classical contemporealism”, a term that is supposed to reflect his blend of classical and contemporary styles.
A taste of his work …
You will find on this link, a long interview granted by the artist
“Okolo Oliver: Artists Inside The Industry“