Oscar Joyo

Country Malawi

Oscar Joyo (b.1992) is a Malawian born, Chicago based artist. His genre of work can be described as Afrofuturism mixed with Afro surrealism. Oscar’s love for the arts began as a young boy drawing cartoons in Malawi. He and his passion for art traveled all the way to Chicago, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Life Drawing at The American Academy of Art in 2015. Shortly after graduating, he developed his signature technique and style of tribal patterns and vivid portraiture.

His medium is acrylic paint and resin on wood. The recent inclusion of resin as a top layer is a means to create dimension and depth within his paintings. Oscar attributes his chromesthesia (the ability to see colors when hearing sounds) to his use of various color gradients and intergalactic color schemes. He pays homage to his Malawian heritage by his use of fun shapes and patterns that breathe life into the paintings.

Now Oscar is an active artist and muralist. His work has been at various Chicago galleries like Line Dot Editions, Studio Oh, and aRRticles Gallery. Other galleries like Sally Centigrade in Colorado (Now in California), and Congressional Art Exhibition in South Korea have featured his work.

His work is a love letter to his African heritage and the hope that there will be a better future for people of colour.

Current and Previous Works by Oscar Joyo

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  • “A Soul Grown Differently”

    (2023)
    $2,400
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    20in(51cm) Tondo
  • “Come On Let’s Go”

    (2023)
    $6,000
    Available
    Acrylic, aerosol and coloured pencil on three panels
    54" × 24"
    137 × 61 cm
  • “Elsewhere”

    (2023)
    $2,400
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    20in(51cm) Tondo
  • “Dry Spell & Madalitso”

    (2023)
    $1,000
    Available
    Acrylic on two panels
    10" × 7"
    25 × 18 cm
  • “Overcast”

    (2023)
    $4,000
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    35” x 35”(89x89cm) (diamond)
  • “Fruition”

    (2023)
    $6,000
    Available
    Acrylic, aerosol and coloured pencil on three panels
    54" × 24"
    137 × 61 cm
  • “Fruitful Harvest (Clipping)”

    (2023)
    $5,200
    Available
    Acrylic, aerosol and coloured pencil on panel
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm
  • “Spectre I”

    (2023)
    $1,000
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    12" × 6"
    30 × 15 cm
  • “Ubuntu”

    (2023)
    $2,800
    Available
    Acrylic and coloured pencil on panel
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm
  • “Spectre II”

    (2023)
    $1,000
    Available
    Acrylic on panel
    12" × 6"
    30 × 15 cm
  • “Dual Sense”

    (2023)
    $1,000
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on cradled wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm
  • “Lush”

    (2022)
    $4,000
    Available
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    30" × 36"
    76 × 91 cm
  • “Memory”

    (2022)
    $600
    Sold
    Acrylic, aerosol, and resin
    4" × 6"
    10 × 15 cm
  • “Fruitful Harvest (Sherbet)”

    (2023)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Acrylic, oil pastels and aerosol on cradled wood panel
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm
  • “Tune In Turquoise”

    (2022)
    $2,800
    Sold
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    18" × 24"
    46 × 61 cm
  • “Nurture (Dusk)”

    (2021)
    $3,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm
  • “Longhaul”

    (2022)
    $3,600
    Sold
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    40" × 24"
    102 × 61 cm
  • “Lacuna”

    (2022)
    $1,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, aerosol, and resin on panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm
  • “In Grown”

    (2022)
    $3,200
    Sold
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    20" × 28"
    51 × 71 cm
  • “Fruitful Harvest”

    (2022)
    $3,600
    Sold
    Acrylic and aerosol on panel
    30" × 32"
    76 × 81 cm
  • “Afterglow”

    (2022)
    $1,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, aerosol, and resin on panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm
  • “Overgrown”

    (2021)
    $3,400
    Sold
    Acrylic,resin,and aerosol on panel
    24" × 28"
    61 × 71 cm
  • “RETREAT!”

    (2021)
    $4,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    35" × 35"
    89 × 89 cm
  • “Tsologo’s Reprise”

    (2021)
    $4,200
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    36" × 36"
    91 × 91 cm
  • “Nurture (Dawn)”

    (2021)
    $3,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    23" × 23"
    58 × 58 cm
  • “HOME_BODY”

    (2021)
    $2,600
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    20" × 20"
    51 × 51 cm
  • “Electric Relaxation”

    (2021)
    $3,000
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm
  • “Eclipse”

    (2021)
    $2,800
    Sold
    Acrylic, resin, and aerosol on panel
    20" × 24"
    51 × 61 cm