Akpojivi Joel Onoriode also known as Daddy K, was born on the 19th April 1989 in Delta State, Nigeria. He is a self taught painter and artist. He started painting as a teenager in primary and secondary school as a form of release and a way of expressing himself.
“My passion for art was inspired by my late Dad when I was 2 years old, and whenever I was sad or angry or I was chastised for erring or not doing something right, I would go into my room and draw or sketch” he says, art was my go to place for solace and solitude. Back then it was just an outlet to relate and channel my annoyance positively, I never thought it would be a career path for me. But when I was in secondary school my friends and fellow students will come to me and beg me to draw/paint their portraits or to design cards or paintings for them.
After school Joel decided to turn his passion to a career and so decided to professional in 2008. He specializes in mix media painting and pencil drawings with a rich combination of hue, texture and symbolism. An exhibiting member of the ART SMILEY DUBAI as well as other centers in Nigeria. He is known for his attention to detail as well as his meticulous and imaginative vision in art.
His paintings BLEEDING NATION which embodies true depth and passion has been acknowledged with critical acclaim, the uniqueness of Joel’s art pieces lies in his mix media, fine assemblage of art, colors and several medium. His pieces exude not only raw emotions and intensity, but also impeccable skills and detailing.
Joel’s passion for pencil drawings and mix media illuminates through his work. His first original piece was created in 2008 and fixates on the lack of infrastructure and technology in some parts of Africa. His aim is to use his artworks to draw the needed attention to Africa not only for all it lacks but also for its wants. His carefully selected art collections has won many honors and hang in several houses and buildings across Nigeria.
Joel explores various oil paints and acrylics for his works with colors and textures dependent on the art he desires to create or according to the client who commissioned the work.
Akpojivi Joel Onoriode who is currently based in Dubai is not only an artist but also a successful businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of FINISHING GLANCE LIMITED and also the managing director of PORSH AND GLANCE GENERAL TRADING, a general goods and supply company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.