Inspired by his personal experiences growing up in Nigeria and the current state of society around him, Arinze is driven by creating drawings that trigger a degree of emotional connection between the viewers and his artworks. Using his works as a form of social and political activism, Arinze hopes to use his art to speak for those who can’t speak out for themselves. 

Amazed by the message behind Stanley's work, Bored Panda reached out to this incredibly talented artist to learn more, and you can find an interview with him below!

More info: arinzestanley.com | Instagram | twitter.com

#1

Cotton And Denim

Cotton And Denim

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

Words fail, the detailing if fab

Bored Panda asked Arinze if there was any particular reason why he used graphite pencil instead of any other art technique.

"I always found drawing to be an amazing avenue to get away. Because of that, I found the pencil strokes to be incredibly mesmerizing.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been the 'drawing guy' that used to be the best artist in class and you know, it stuck with me. Growing up and finally discovering the purpose and relevance of my gift and with everything going on in the world right now, it makes sense to me. All in all, drawing simply takes me away."

#2

Mindless 1

Mindless 1

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

I'm from Europe and the stress of being black is really tough on some days. It must be a continuous psychological pressure in America when you consider that the people who are supposed to serve and protect are possibly the people you fear the most.

#3

Mindless 2

Mindless 2

We took some time to find out about one of his most recent and popular pieces, which is called “Mindless 2.” We find the story behind it to be mesmerizing.

'I'm fascinated by how people make decisions based on religious and ethnic factors. For example, in Nigeria, a lot of different people in the same ethnic group are segregated by their different ideologies. So I wanted to ask people, “Are you making today’s decisions based on one of these ideologies? Are your decisions yours or are they guided by the larger society?”

When you see hands in my drawings, it represents something meaningful to me. For example, in my “Mindless” series, hands represent the major contributors to division in today’s society, such as our social, political, tribal, or religious differences.'

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#4

A Very Real Toy Gun For Boys

A Very Real Toy Gun For Boys

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Stanley believes that his art is a reflection of his perceptions about society.

"When viewers approach my artworks, the questions that usually pop up are my choice of subjects and the expressions they depict, but the more these questions are asked, the more I realize that I don't have the verbal answers to these questions; rather, my art is a reflection of my perception about the realities in my society; a simple language of my feelings."

#5

Black Noise 1

Black Noise 1

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

Black noise all to often means no voice

#6

Paranormal Portrait #2

Paranormal Portrait #2

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

This for me represents all people who are currently suffering mental heal issue's, being so many things to different people and having no access to support

#7

Beaten Blue And Black

Beaten Blue And Black

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

Speaks for its self really. Not the first; but due to phones the truth is being seen

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The best inspiration for art one can get seemingly comes from life itself, and Stanley agrees with this statement too.

"I draw inspiration from life experiences and basically everything that sparks a feeling of necessity. I find myself spending countless hours working on artwork to stimulate deep and strong emotions in order to connect more intimately with my viewers."

#8

Negro Monalisa

Negro Monalisa

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

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Head wrap yes, weave no. We need to be our authentic selves. Changes have to start with us

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Mindless 3

Mindless 3

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Bullets And Denim #1

Bullets And Denim #1

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That Guy
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1 month ago

RIP George floyd, breonna taylor, stephon clark, tamir rice,and so many more

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The artist has a very unique reason as to why he loves drawing portraits so much.

"I love portraiture and realism. I admire how everyone is so unique but different at the same time… I love how people have various ways of expressing themselves as this is very vital to my work because sometimes I feel a connection to those expressions, and that connection gives birth to most of my art, so I draw almost every day.

It’s like a journey, you know... the more you keep going, the more you keep understanding how the world works. Sometimes it can be small things such as understanding how light and shadow interact with the faces of people I see. This drives me to keep trying to learn more every day."

#11

Innocence 2

Innocence 2

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Debby Hartinger
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1 month ago

I would love an explanation of each of the pieces of art so I can understand them better.

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#12

People And Paper 1

People And Paper 1

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#13

Innocence 3

Innocence 3

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

Feels like this child is already becoming a victim of life/ society way before his time

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When it comes to inspiration and motivation, he has some favorite artists too.

"Well, there is a wide range of artists whose works I love. A few of them are Kelvin Okafor, Peter Paul Rubens, Joel Rea, Emanuelle Dascanio, etc. To be honest, the list goes on and on."

#14

The Machine Man #2

The Machine Man #2

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The Machine Man #8

The Machine Man #8

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#16

Untitled

Untitled

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Debby Hartinger
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1 month ago

Beautiful!

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He loves what he does, and with the way the world around us is right now, he says he doesn’t have time to feel demotivated.

"I like learning more about my world and the stories of everything that’s going on, so there’s no way I don’t feel motivated. There’s a lot going on in the world today, almost so much that it’s very hard to process and these are the things that inspire my creations. For example, sometimes I have to meditate to absorb most of what’s going on in the world. I’m always in the drawing mood because everything inspires me."

#17

Tranquility

Tranquility

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#18

Wailing Wailing And Wailing

Wailing Wailing And Wailing

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Debby Hartinger
Community Member
1 month ago

This really made me think.

#19

Vivian's Story

Vivian's Story

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In October of 2020, Arinze has an upcoming exhibition called “Paranormal Portraits” and we were really curious about the idea behind it.

"In my latest show, Paranormal Portraits, I put together a new body of works to navigate my viewers to a surreal and almost psychedelic experience of living in Nigeria and being black in the 21st century."

#20

Implosion

Implosion

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#21

Undaunted

Undaunted

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TheReader19
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1 month ago

I love the expression on her face

#22

I Be Lady

I Be Lady

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Debby Hartinger
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't know if I have this right, but she looks like a real woman. Cares about her appearance, smart, feeling, and sexual.

#23

Till He Comes

Till He Comes

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

So life like and a real representation of a young black female

#24

Nene

Nene

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

I love this picture, strong women with snake but can be tender as she cuddles the puppy

#25

The Machine Man #4

The Machine Man #4

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#26

Desolation

Desolation

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#27

Faustina

Faustina

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See Also on Bored Panda
#28

Her Sweet Stare

Her Sweet Stare

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

Young girls 'fronting'

#29

The Machine Man #1

The Machine Man #1

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#30

Paranormal Portrait #2

Paranormal Portrait #2

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#31

Painful Conversations

Painful Conversations

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Landon Robinson
Community Member
4 weeks ago

words speak of actions

#32

The Machine Man #3

The Machine Man #3

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#33

Jersey City Boy

Jersey City Boy

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#34

Obi

Obi

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#35

Mirror 000

Mirror 000

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#36

Famished

Famished

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TheReader19
Community Member
1 month ago

Hungry for what though?

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