Chika Idu (born 1974) comes from Delta State, Nigeria and studied painting at the Auchi Polytechnic in Edo State from 1993-1998 . He was instrumental in the creation of Defactori Studios which today has become an art movement amongst Nigeria’s new generation artists; he also created Nigeria’s first Water Colour Society of Artists (SABLES). Idu has been a part of numerous group exhibitions and has had five solo exhibition including at the Homestores and Terra Kultur Galleries in 2015.
Idu’s works are characterised by a heavy texture and hazy rendition technique, which he calls ‘light against visual distortion’. He is inspired by observing the behaviour of light striking against visual imperatives like dust and misty fog. Chika’s works are inspired by everyday day living, For the past 16 years, he has been committed exposing the plight of the African child through his work. Tecently he began an environmental campaign on the health risks faced by children living in coastal slums. Besides teaching art at the French School Lycee Louis Pasteur, Idu works in his Ikorodu art studio in Lagos.