At the Terra Kulture Art Gallery, 10-year-old Kanyeyachukwu Tagbo-Okeke dazzled other exhibitors from different parts of the world with his fascinating pieces of art work.
The young artist made history when he hosted a solo exhibition, which featured a display of about 44 works produced over a period of five years.
Every great artiste has a story and Kanyeyachukwu’s story is nothing but remarkable.
Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, he started painting at five and was awarded the prestigious “flame of peace”, by the Arch Duke and Arch Duchess of Austria when he was eight years-old.
Kanyeyachukwu has hosted two exhibitions in Abuja and Lagos as well as having his works displayed at several exhibitions at home and abroad. He is one artist who has continued to use the bright and sometimes deep colors to communicate with the world as he sees it and ultimately express himself.
Under the chairmanship of the CEO of NESTOIL Dr Ernest Azudialo-Obiejesi, the young artists’s exhibition attracted art enthusiasts and afficionadoes.
Maverick music maker and daughter of billionaire Business magnate, Femi Otedola, DJ cuppy was one of the first callers to the exhibition and she also commissioned one of his master pieces. More works were commissioned by other notable personalities who graced the event. Everyone wanted to take something home.
Speaking at the event, Dr Azudialo-Obiejesi, was full of praises for the young artist. Applauding his courage to surmount so many challenges and produce such works, he also commended Kanyeyachukwu’s parents, Mr and Mrs Tagbo and Silvia Okeke, for nurturing and paying special attention to him against all glaring odds.
He bought one of the master pieces on display and (in fact the most expensive), and pledged to work with the Kanyeyachukwu Autism Society, a non-profit being managed by his parents and concerned with establishing an enhanced system of diagnosing and caring for autistics in Nigeria.