Business Enthusiast and Ink Idol Styne John outstanding sense of humor and passion for art put him on the radar for media prey.
Styne artistry paintings became the center point of attraction for fans and friends compelling media interest as many wonder what motivated his shift from science, to painting.
The talented artist can be characterized as a multi-tasking personality with positive energy geared towards making Nigeria a better place and the world by extension.
Styne studied Chemistry from University of Abuja, and currently pursuing his second degree. If he is not working or painting, then probably he’s reaching out to the less privilege through an NGO “BIG HEART FOUNDATION” co-founded by him.
In a chat with Toktok9ja Exclusive, Styne spoke extensively on his passion and how he drifted to art from a humble science background.
Can you introduce and tell us a brief background of yourself.
Well to start with, my name is Obiechina Stine John; I was born in Amawbia town, Awka South L.G.A of Anambra state. I am a Nigerian by nationality. I did my primary and secondary school in Warri, Delta state. I graduated from University of Abuja in 2016 where I majored in Chemistry (B.sc) and presently running another degree program.
I am from a family of 5, of which I am the first born. I have a younger brother and a little sister. I am weird.
What do you do for a living?
I am a diesel supplier and also into Agribusiness, I have passion for art and it’s what I do for fun, amongst all, I am also into real estate and contracts.
Tell us more about your art
Well my art is self-thought and expressive, I tend to speak on the African people, and presently I am painting gods and deities of Africa.
I do not auction though, I hope someday, but I create private collections on commission. My studio which is where I also reside is an art on its own, housing various collections of my art work.
You studied chemistry, what prompted your diversion to art?
Well I found art more intriguing and more relative to life than chemistry.
What inspires your painting?
I would say moments and feelings do.
What has been your greatest challenge(s) in the field?
The greatest challenge is appreciation; Nigerians do not particularly appreciate art and do not know it’s value.
How do you combine being a graduate of chemistry and being an artist?
It is easy, I chose the path that made me happier and that’s art, needless to combine them
How long have you been in the business of painting?
Four years so far
Who would you say is your mentor in artistry?
That would be Vincent Van Gorh
What are the two brands you want to work with in the nearest future?
To be honest…my brand and my brand, it will definitely be my brand
What is the one job you wouldn’t do?
Be a banker
What other things do you do apart from painting?
I write poems, short stories and offer humanitarian services
Can you talk more about the humanitarian services you offer?
Okay I use my little artistry talent to teach underprivileged children through an NGO “BIG HEART FOUNDATION” which I co-founded.
We help orphans, widows and underprivileged people in the society and we do so through voluntary work and aid. The NGO is 3 years old now and so far we have touched a good number of lives.
What are your hobbies?
I love Listening to cool music, reading, writing, painting and taking a walk
Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
Well, doing much better and growing stronger in all I know presently
We know you have a lot of fans especially on Facebook, what message would you like to pass to them?
I don’t know if I have fans but I have friends, and if you’re my Facebook friend and I ever have to visit your home, then you are going to make egusi and pounded yam that day.
What is your advice to the youths who want to follow your footsteps?
They should listen more when everywhere is quiet and learn to see more with their eyes shut.
What is your advice to the government?
They don’t listen to advice so I won’t waste my words.
There you have it, that was a short interview with Styne, fans and friends drop your thoughts and use the social media buttons to share to others.
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