Young Nigerian artist wows social media with artworks on burnt wood

Young Nigerian artist wows social media with artworks on burnt wood

- A 28-year-old Nigerian man, Alex Peter Idoko, is creating amazing arts through wood burning, pencil, among others

- Alex said he has always had a passion for drawing portraits since he was little and has been developing it

- With his pieces already exhibited in some very important places, the artist keeps using his art to showcase human realities

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Nigerians keep delighting with their arts. A young Nigerian man, Alex Peter Idoko, has amazed social media users with his artworks using a razor blade and sandpaper on burnt wood. His works can be found on Instagram.

Some of his pieces shared online showcase people with varying emotions. His public profile describes him as a skilled self-taught artist.

Born in Lagos in 1992, the 28-year-old Nigerian discovered his skill when he was little, a passion he grew up into developing.

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His amazing portrait drawing started when he was in secondary school. He sharpened his craft through different mediums like pastel, pencil, pen, and the use of a razor, sandpaper, and burner, an art called pyrography.

Themes in his work are corruption, conflict, and other issues affecting society. Alex once bagged an Award of Excellence at the 2016 Benue Youth Choice Awards.

“My inspiration sometimes is an unconscious burst of creativity in art that originates from the mind and intertwines with an unusual history in a figurative sense that mentally stimulates my viewers,” he said.

A collage showing the artist and some of his works. Photo source: Instagram/Alex Peter Idoko
A collage showing the artist and some of his works. Photo source: Instagram/Alex Peter Idoko
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His works have been exhibited in places like Moniker Art Fair in New York, Omenka Gallery in Lagos state, and Commonthread Exhibition in London.

Of wood burning, he said: "The process of burning the wood, gives me the feeling of transforming my passion and strength to the wood. every piece I create resides in my heart and has a strong connection with "i" and "art" as though I have given a part of me out."

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that another Nigerian artist with the Twitter handle @kemz_Emmanuel got international attention after he did a pencil drawing of American artiste DJ Khaled and posted it on the micro-messaging platform on Monday, August 17.

In the post, he made sure he tagged the American DJ as he asked people to help him retweet his work so that the disc jockey maestro can see it.

A day after on Tuesday, August 18, DJ Khaled put Emmanuel in the spotlight as he quoted his tweet and added "Wow amazing!" broadcasting to his over 5 million Twitter followers.

Since then, the post has gone viral, drawing comments on the young Nigerian's work from all corners of the world. Emmanuel shared three pictures that well captured the production process of the art. Looking at them, one can see how he progressed to get a final artistic copy.

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