I’m a former basketball player turned artist. More accurately, I’m an artist turned basketball player, now an artist again.
I’m Nigerian, born with the gift of artistic talent since I was a child, left Nigeria for New York at 14 years old because I was 6’6ft tall, and played basketball up until University when I stopped due to injuries. While I played ball, I made art in High school and Studied Art and Marketing at the University of Guelph (class of 2022).
Art for me has been a way to connect, and bond with people I call family today. I believe art is the most potent form of communication, as pure as it gets. Most of my art is a quest for beauty, but every now and then, the trauma that has shaped my understanding spills out, and I let it.
I believe that my art is still evolving, and I admit I’m not sure where it’s going. But if you hang around, we’ll find out together.
I’ve worked with a lot of wonderful clients, including people you may know like; Allan Houston (for NBA basketball lovers), and Stu Lang (for the University of Guelph, Lang School of business grads, or Gryphon’s Football lovers). I also sold out during my last two shows; one at the University of Guelph in 2020, and another in New York in 2021.
Where Is Chukwu's Art?
Manny's art has been displayed and commissioned in the United States and Canada. Notable exhibitions include Rye Country Day School, Katonah Art Museum, Suffield Academy and Congregation Emmanuel Temple, Rye, NY, Gryphon Football Pavilion, Boarding House Gallery, Other locations include the following: