Samuel Edward is a 31-year-old Nigerian artist who discovered his passion through a disability. Born into a family of six, he is the second child of the family. He claimed to have many siblings as his father has many children. With this background, the young man has been striving to do something different with his life and has been rewarded.
Edward shared his enthralling story with Legit.ng when our correspondents visited him at his resident in Ikorodu. He opened up on his journey and shed light on parts of his life that the world does not know. He hails from Isoko local government area of Delta state.
The artist’s inability to see properly when he was in primary five made him learn the art of scribbling and drawing as he tried making patterns from what was written on the board. His secondary education was at Ikeja High School after which he proceeded to the Technical College at Yaba where he studied arts.
He turned out to be the best painter, sculptor and graphic student. His interest in art was so great he wanted to do more than painting having delved into it at some point. He was not satisfied and wanted to do something that would be recognized without his signature being on it.
The Isoko born artist had interest in international relations at some point while he was growing. Before then, he wanted to be a pilot. However, that hope got dashed the moment he discovered he had an eye defect. He knew he would have to study more to have that dream fulfilled and he could not bear the thought of writing for so long with his poor sight.
Edward picked up mosaic after he got commissioned to do some works. He had learnt at an early age not to ever say he had no idea of how a thing could be done. Thus, he finds it easy picking up new challenges and doing great things from them.
In his interview with Legit.ng, he talked about the other things he does asides painting. Interior décor seems to be top on that list. However, he finds women useful for his artistry journey as there are a whole lot of characters he could use from them.
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One of his works made him the winner of the 2018 Life in My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) held in Enugu. His work got selected out of over hundred entries from Lagos and he eventually got named as the most promising artist of the year with the same work.
He appreciated his family for helping him push his art works even though it takes a lot of time producing them. He complained about the availability and cost of materials in Nigeria. The mosaic tiles are sold in square per meter and he is forced to bargain at a higher price when colours he is interested in are not available.
When asked about what he would like to be remembered for, he said that he would like his works to remain in circulation long after he must have passed on. He also said that he would like to pass on this art to others who are interested in it. On this note, he said things will kick off as soon as his studio is complete.
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