Chidinma “Chi-Chi” Dureke is a fulltime visual artist based in Maryland. She received her BFA in graphic design and painting from Frostburg State University.
Her paintings are hand crafted using oils, fabric and gold leaf. Chi-Chi’s work focuses on hair and its significance in black culture but has evolved into beauty. The expressionistic sunflowers in her sunflower series are not naturalistic but used to represent society & mood.
With Africa as her main inspiration she fuses colors, textures, organic shapes and traditional techniques to create images that are fresh, iconic, expressive and diverse in her portraits. Using bold African fabric as head wraps to disguise what the figure’s hair looks like; the viewer is then forced to focus on the woman’s natural and physical features.