For the latest instalment of Rising Billionaires where we celebrate the best in upcoming entrepreneurs and market disruptors, we caught up with talented abstract artist Christopher O. Makoyawo to find out more about his world.
Read on to find out more...
Hello Chris, how are you? Can you tell us a little about your journey into becoming an abstract artist?
I'm great, thank you.
One day l saw a broken glass prism on the road that reflected the sun’s rays in rainbow colours and l became
enthralled, instantly. I started twisting the colours around on paper in different dimensions and the rest, as they say, is history.
Can you explain for our readers, what abstract art is and what inspired you to choose abstract art as a medium, compared to other forms of artistic expression?
Abstract art is nonconformity to any shape or dimension known based on your feelings, mood, emotions, etc. What made me choose abstract art is because of just how unpredictable my paintings come out with any change to my mood or feelings. It's very raw, very emotive.
What would you say is your biggest inspiration for creating your work?
An accident happened one day, whereby six or so paint containers fell together. Different colours splashed here and there creating an attractive and breathtaking form. I looked at it for a while and started mixing my own colours on card papers to create certain dimensions called abstract pieces.
What is the one accomplishment you are most proud of? And why?
The completion of my first book titled, ”My Journey Through Ink and Paint”. The positive reaction of people who see my work really gears me up.
Learn from your failures and always give yourself second chances.
With Down Under being one of our favourites, what decision went into picking the works featured in “My Journey through Ink and Paint”?
In Down Under, the ocean originally inspired me and the many dimensions found underwater. I was guided by my own experiences with the ocean and the warm hues found are inspired by the feeling it gives me. I simply picked my favourites for the book.
What key things did you learn about yourself while putting this book together?
Overall, I've been happy to compile my hobby into a book that can reach the masses. But, the one thing I've learned the most would be just that perseverance could make or break any project. If you do not have the capacity to sit with yourself and see through an idea 'til the end, life will always be hard. Learn from your failures and always give yourself second chances.
So, what does a typical day look like in the working life of Christopher Makoyawo?
Just drawing arts and thinking about what to draw. Also listening to classic jazz and pop music.
Is there any advice you would like to give any young and budding artist out there?
Yes. I would urge them to pursue their dreams. Hone your craft; expand on what you can do best, constructively. Never give up!
You can find my work here.