CHUKWUOGO-ROY, Chinwe Ifeoma

1952 - 2012

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

Born in Ondo State, Nigeria on 2 May 1952, but moved with her family to Ikom in Cross Rivers State where her father had extensive cocoa plantations. As a teenager she was a refugee in the Biafran War after which she moved to the family home in Umubele, Awka Anambra State and in 1975 moved to Britain. Chinwe studied at East Ham College and subsequently obtained a B.A. Hons. Degree in Graphic Design from Hornsey College of Art in 1978. She took up painting professionally in 1988 and her paintings, prints and sculptures are predominantly figurative, in the genres of portraiture, still-life, landscape and narrative subjects. Chukwuogo-Roy first gained international fame for painting the official Golden Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, commissioned by The Commonwealth Secretariat. The full-length portrait was unveiled at a ceremony at Marlborough House by former Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon on Commonwealth Day, 2002. Other high-profile commissions include portraits of Kriss Akabusi, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the Lord Mayor of Norwich and she was commissioned by Martin Keown to paint Arsenalís Highbury Stadium. In 2003, Chukwuogo-Roy represented the United Kingdom at the European Council Committee in Paris, advising on Contemporary African Art and Artists. Chinwe was a founder member of the renowned Sudbourne Printmakers, involving several leading Suffolk artists. She had many solo exhibitions including those at Christchurch Mansions, Ipswich; The Mall Galleries, London; The Royal Commonwealth Society, London; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia; Reve's Cork Street Gallery, London; Connecticut University, Connecticut; Didi Museum, Lagos; UNESCO, Paris; Aldeburgh Festival Gallery, Suffolk; Colchester and Ipswich Museum Saachi Gallery; Suffolk. In 2010 made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her contributions to Art. She died, after a lengthy illness with cancer, at her home in Hacheston, Woodbridge, Suffolk, on 17 December 2012.

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