Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy, MBE was born in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria and moved to the UK in 1975. She took up painting as a profession in 1988 and is now based in Suffolk. Much of her work is in oils, etchings, monotypes and pastels. Her subjects range from portraiture, still life and landscape, to pictures which capture the traditions and cultures of the African continent.
Chinwe has exhibited widely and her work is represented in public and private collections in America, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, France, Grenada, Holland, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, U.A.E. and United Kingdom.
She received worldwide recognition for painting the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Golden Jubilee Other recent commissions include the President of Norwich City Football Club, Mr Geoffrey Watling; His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Secretary-General of The Commonwealth, David 'Rocky' Rocastle, Kriss Akabusi, athlete and TV personality, for whom she also undertook a series of large paintings on the theme of the African Diaspora and was commissioned by Martin Keown to paint Arsenalís Highbury Stadium.
Her work is in the Royal Collection. In 2006 her work was reproduced on the national postage stamps of 5 countries.
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