Derek Jahyém Jombo-Ogboi (b.1993, Benin, Nigeria) is an artist from Delta state who grew up in Benin city, Nigeria and studied art at the Yaba College of Technology.
He is inspired by the human form, nature and music, and draws stylistic inspiration from the classical masters. His painting style can be categorized between figurative surrealism and naturalism. Using canvas as a primary medium, he is similarly adept with other contemporary mediums such as graffiti on walls as well as auditory mediums.
Derek’s works are a manifestation of factors surrounding his upbringing, orientation, beliefs and personal values. This includes appreciation of aesthetics, the emancipation of mental slavery as well as non-conformity to societal pressure. His work has been featured in the New York Times and he has shown in group exhibitions including Vanguard Street Art Auction, Bristol UK (2021) and Entanglements Exhibition, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge UK (2021).
Oil on canvas
120 x 172 cm