David Obi

David Obi Horsepower-7-114-x-75-cm

1980- , Oslo

Capturing life on canvas

David Obi is a Norwegian based contemporary Artist, of Nigerian origin. His passion for art started at the early age of 5. He has always loved art and craft, growing up as a kid. He question feelings and emotions on people’s face and their life try to reflect them on his work.

David work in different varieties of medium to create his paintings. From watercolor, oil,acrylic,ink and gouache. His work are often abstract, figures, portrait, landscapes, conveying huge layers of bright and strong colors  with a lot of details and meaning. Capturing the complexities of people’s emotions and inner nature are among his favorite topics.

From horse race to urban life

He grew up in a multicultural environment in one of Africans most populous city in Lagos, Nigeria. David moved to Sweden in 2011, in a small town called Karlskoga.And later moved  to live in Gothenburg. There he was inspired and fascinated by the architectural structure  and beauty of the entire city, Gothenburg.

He has painted and exhibited several pictures from Gothenburg, the city he called my ( second home).
David has exhibited his work in major galleries and Library’s in Oslo, Karlskoga, Stockholm, Gothenburg, and has featured in several public and private collections.

Currently living in Oslo, Norway where he has his new studio at Gamle Fornebu Kultursenter (GFK)


2002-2004Yaba college of technology, Diploma in General art, Lagos, Nigeria


2019"Oslo, my city" (watercolour), Vesper bar, Oslo , Norway
2016RiverCity Gallery, Separatutställning, Göteborg
2013Mind and face expression, Frölunda kulturhus, Göteborg
2013Kultur vid vattnet, Frihamnen, Göteborg
2013Älvstadens Konstförening, Göteborg
2013Swedbank Wieselgrensplatsen, Göteborg
2013Galleri VG22, Göteborg
2012Scandic Foresta, Stockholm
2012Spring Aid Exhibition, Göteborg
2011Karlskoga Bibliotek, Karlsgoga, Sweden

Gruppeutstilling (utvalg)

2020“GOTHENBURG”, River city gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
2019Water Colour and mixed Media, New jersey, USA
2019"Still Rising", Contemporary African Art, Oslo, Norway
2019African food and art festival, Prindsenhage, Oslo
2019Equestrian art Exhibition, Ovrevollgalopp Jar Akershus, Norway
2019Rivercity gallery, Sommarsalo samlingsutstillingen, Göteborg, Sweden
2019Rivercity gallery, jubileumsamlingsutstillingen, Göteborg, Sweden
2019Art house Contempoary Auction , Lagos Nigeria (Auction sales)
2019Rivercity gallery, samlingsutstillingen, Gothenburg, Sweden
2017Galleri A / A minor, Utvalg sommer samlingsutstillingen, Oslo,Norway
2017RiverCity Gallery, Samlingsutställning Haster, Göteborg, Sweden
2017Fornebus Spenstige Kunstutstilling, Samlingsutstillingen, Bærum, Norway
2015RiverCity Gallery, Samlingsutställning, Göteborg
2014RiverCity Gallery, Samlingsutställning, Göteborg
2009Signature art and interior gallery Lagos Nigeria
2006Signature art and interior gallery Lagos Nigeria
2003Art and design students association (ADSA) Water Color Exhibition, Lagos Nigeria
2003National Art Student Exhibition, Lagos Nigeria
2002Art and design students association (ADSA), Lagos, Nigeria