Cover of the artist DEREK JAHYEM JOMBO-OGBOI
Profile picture of the artist DEREK JAHYEM JOMBO-OGBOI


Derek Jahyem Jombo-Ogboi studied visual art at Yaba College of Technology. Jombo-Ogboi draws influences from his birth and childhood in Benin, to address issues surrounding identity, ethnicity and status. His stylistic direction has also been shaped by the classical masters and their approach to the human figure. Painting primarily on canvas, he is similarly adept at graffiti and auditory mediums. In his painting, Jombo-Ogboi exhibits a calm academic realism finely blended with elements of the surreal. Heavily laden with metaphors,his work is distinguishable by its complex layers of interwoven narratives, an exceptional approach to composition, colour, space and light as well as a deftness in capturing his figures with empathy.