Friday, 30 January 2009
Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy was born in Awka, Anambara State, Nigeria, and took up painting as a profession in 1988.
Much of her work is in pastels and oils, and her subjects range from portraiture and landscape, to pictures which capture the traditions and cultures of the African continent.
She has exhibited widely and her work is represented in public and private collections in France, Grenada, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, United Kingdom, and U.S.A.
She received worldwide recognition for painting the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee Other recent commissions include the President of Norwich City Football Club, Mr Geoffrey Watling; His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary-General of The Commonwealth; President of the Senate, Grenada, Margaret Neckles; Lord Mayor of Norwich, Derek Wood, Diagio Africa MD & wife, Mr. & Mrs. David Hampshire, David 'Rocky' Rocastle, Kriss Akabusi, athlete and TV personality, for whom she also undertook a series of large paintings on the theme of the African Diaspora and was commissioned by Martin Keown to paint Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium. Her work is in the Queens collection. In 2006 her work was reproduced on the national postage stamps of 5 countries.