Thu. May 23rd, 2024

By Ojukwu Emmanuel Chiadikaobi

As the world marks World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, Dubai’s prestigious The H Hotel is hosting an inspiring art exhibition titled “Spectrum Splendor: A Young Artist’s Journey.” The artist behind the exhibition is the prodigiously talented Kanye Tagbo Okeke from Nigeria, who, at just 14 years old, is already a beacon of hope and a voice for autism awareness through his art.

Kanye, who was diagnosed with autism at a young age, began to express himself through drawing at just two years old, with his artistic journey evolving rapidly to include oil paintings by the age of five. His mother, Dr. Silvia Tago-Okeke, shares that Kanye’s early start in art has led to remarkable achievements, with his works now being featured in galleries and museums across the US, Europe, Nigeria, and other parts of Africa, as well as in the homes of private collectors.

Exhibition Details and Achievements
The exhibition, which is open until April 5, 2024, showcases 20 of Kanye’s artworks at The H Dubai, the first autism-certified hotel in the city. This venue is particularly fitting, emphasizing the hotel’s commitment to promoting inclusion and supporting the autistic community.

Kanye has received significant accolades for his art, including being recognized among the ATIM Top 60 Masters and receiving the Artist of the Year award at the African Contemporary Art Festival. His vibrant and expressive works are not only a testament to his talent but also serve as a powerful medium for fostering greater understanding and inclusion for individuals with autism.

In addition to viewing Kanye’s art, visitors to the exhibition can contribute to a noble cause. A percentage of proceeds from the sales of Kanye’s art pieces will be donated to the Dubai Autism Centre. Further cementing his role as a community influencer, Kanye will host a special workshop on April 5, where he will guide children from the Dubai Autism Centre in creating their own artworks, empowering them through artistic expression.

For those unable to visit the exhibition in person, more of Kanye’s journey and artworks can be explored via his Instagram handle @kanye_tagbo. This platform provides a space for supporters from around the world to connect with Kanye and follow his ongoing artistic endeavors.

The exhibition “Spectrum Splendor: A Young Artist’s Journey” is not only a showcase of unique talent but also a celebration of diversity and inclusivity, perfectly encapsulated in the vibrant environment of The H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite the World Trade Centre.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact The H Dubai at (0)4 501 8888 or follow their social media updates at @thehdubai.

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