Hello! I’m Chi-chi, Co-Founder of NkemLife, Graphic Designer, Website Developer, Photographer, Content Curator, and Visual Storyteller for Nkemlife.com. I am a Graduate of Frostburg State University with a BA in Fine Arts, Painting and Graphic Design.
I have chosen to actively follow my passion as a fulltime entrepreneur
and visual artist as the Founder of CHDeisgnz LLC and Fine Artist
painter/illustrator at chidinmadureke.com. I have participated in several solo and group exhibitions. My work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and my graphic design work written/published in the Baltimore Sun newspaper and have received multiple awards as a Fine Artist. Some of my clients include Hype Hair, Essence, WSSC, and WETATi.
One of my greatest accomplishments is the non-profit I started with my
family, called WETATi (We’re Empowered to Achieve the Impossible) of which, I
am the CEO/ Vice President of. I am the creative director of WETAI Next
A few of my favorite things are working with business owners and
individuals to build successful brands, painting, reading,
photography, travel and hanging out with my family and friends.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Chidinma “Chi-Chi” Dureke is a fulltime visual artist based in Maryland. She received her BFA in graphic design and painting from Frostburg State University.
Her paintings are hand crafted using oils, fabric and gold leaf. Chi-Chi’s work focuses on hair and its significance in black culture but has evolved into beauty. The expressionistic sunflowers in her sunflower series are not naturalistic but used to represent society & mood.
With Africa as her main inspiration she fuses colors, textures, organic shapes and traditional techniques to create images that are fresh, iconic, expressive and diverse in her portraits. Using bold African fabric as head wraps to disguise what the figure’s hair looks like; the viewer is then forced to focus on the woman’s natural and physical features.