Chinwe Uwatse studied Fine Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting. She worked from 1982 to 1994 with the National Council of Arts and Culture as a visual arts officer, before going into self-employment. She is now the general manager of Bang and Olufsen Nigeria.
Uwatse’s works feature mellow aesthetics. The selection of poetic, breathtaking watercolours presented at ART X this year were created on her summer retreat in Nice, France. Fascinated with the female form and trained under famed artist Obiora Udechukwu, she is influenced by the uli art movement of Eastern Nigeria. Uwatse’s central objective is to assist in the preservation of the female ethos in uli design forms by transferring the decorative elements of these ancient forms and motifs into contemporary styles and usages. In so doing, she has contributed to keeping the decorative element of uli very much in national focus.