Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley has been drawing for as long as he can remember.

Remarkably, however, he has never had any training, an especially admirable fact given the meticulous detail and technical mastery of his hyperrealist portraits. “I’ve managed by the grace of God to discipline myself in the art of drawing,” Stanley wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.

Nigerian Artist, Arinze Stanley, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Arinze Stanley

Nigerian Artist, Arinze Stanley, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Arinze Stanley

Nigerian Artist, Arinze Stanley, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Arinze Stanley

Nigerian Artist, Arinze Stanley, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Arinze Stanley

Nigerian Artist, Arinze Stanley, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Arinze Stanley


The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its coast in the south lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. It comprises 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja is located. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Modern-day Nigeria has been the site of numerous kingdoms and tribal states over the millennia. The modern state originated from British colonial rule beginning in the 19th century, and the merging of the Southern Nigeria Protectorate and Northern Nigeria Protectorate in 1914. The British set up administrative and legal structures whilst practising indirect rule through traditional chiefdoms. Nigeria became a formally independent federation in 1960, and plunged into a civil war from 1967 to 1970. It has since alternated between democratically elected civilian governments and military dictatorships, until it achieved a stable democracy in 1999, with the 2011 presidential elections considered the first to be reasonably free and fair. (Wikipedia).


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