Awards - November 2021


Artli Gallery presents - winner in the category Artist of the Month - November 2021🏆Congratulations to INI USORO @ini_v.2.0 

Enjoy watching beautiful artwork by an artist!

Your name, where were you born? Write a little about your character.

My name is Iniobong Usoro, I was born in Benin, Edo State.

When did art/design/photography become part of your life?

Art has always been a part of my life, however, I started painting professionally in 2020.

How long have you been making art?

I have been making art for 25 years now.

What shows that the art scene has evolved over the last few years?


Do you have a particular artist whose work you admire of?

Charla Marschalk, an American abstract portrait artist.

Can you tell us more about the project you are currently working on?

Started this project last year, where I'm transforming memories and experiences into pieces of art that could be easily relatable.

Where do you do your work?

I currently work from my sitting room in Ajah, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Do you work from life, from photographs or from imagination?

I work from photographs and my imagination.

What technique (applicable for art/design/photography) do you use?

I paint with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. I also create scribble drawings with ink paints

What is the role of the designer/artist in society?

Well, personally, I feel artists create work that reminds us of the past, show us what's currently happening now, and shows us what the future can/will be.

What is the place of your work in society?

My work illustrates the upbringing and life of the average Nigerian which most of my viewers relate to. And I do a lot of storytelling through my art, which brings some sort of emotions to the audience. So, I feel my art plays a big role in society by connecting different people of various backgrounds and cultures to a moment on canvas they can easily relate with.

Where do you feel design/art is going?

Honestly, I feel art is heading to a place where there's less creativity. People create art just to monetize it and not to connect with people.

Where did you study?

Art? the internet, lol. I studied Architecture in the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

What would you call your style?

My style of art is figurative and surreal.

What's the best thing about being an artist?

It's the freedom to express myself.

What's the worst thing about being an artist?

It's the freedom to express myself.

How do you feel when people interpret your design/artwork differently?

I want people to interpret my work differently.

What you draw/paint/design, is it part of your personality?

Yes, it is.

Who or what inspires you?

The complexity of life and the fact that each individual has a completely unique and different experience of it.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

First of all, I'm an aspiring artist, lol. My little advice is that "as an artist, you have everything you need to grow"