ART BEYOND AESTHETICS
Diseye Tantua, an art collector and artist widely recognized for his compelling creations and artworks talks on the necessity and impact of art on the environment, he explains how wastes can be re-purposed in constructing usable items to improve the overall aesthetics of a space. Art has evolved beyond beautiful paintings in galleries; rather artists are making conscious efforts to convert waste into other uses. He cites fellow artists who have committed to this mission of re-purposing waste,who utilize non-conventional items such as; charcoal sand & dust, nails, plastics, ropes, etc. to create meaningful and impressive artworks that are environmentally friendly. He is the Vice President, Society of Nigerian Artist (South East) and a member of the Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA). Born to Nigerian and Ghanaian parents, he studied fine and applied art at the Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt. After graduating in 2001, Diseye remained a full time artist best known for his iconic style of "Afro Pop Art", combining graphics symbols, bold colors, and expressive text style of urban art with an Afrocentric vibe. Tantua's three dimensional art forms are as a result of his longstanding relationship with master artist and architect Demas Nwoko. His new experiments made from classic car parts, creating chairs, beds, stunning couches and tables, have been welded and painted to breathe new life into salvage car parts.His brand 'D-ARTIST', have adorned homes and outstanding restaurants. His works have been exhibited both local and internationally, forming part of many significant collections.