Chidinma Dureke is a phenomenal visual artist and entrepreneur who uses her works to bring awareness to her culture and the diversity in her community. As a resident of Prince George’s County, Dureke is a proud product of the public schools. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design and painting from Frostburg State University in 2011. With culture as her main inspiration, living in Prince George’s County encourages her to depict the rich backgrounds in her portraits and graphic work by creating images that are fresh, iconic, expressive, and diverse.
Dureke has showcased her artwork in various galleries and exhibits, and has been commissioned to produce personal portraits, illustrations, and designs. Her work has been featured in many publications including the Washington Post, Essence.com, and the Baltimore Sun in November 2014. Dureke was the 2014 Gerald King Award winner and is part of the Riverdale Arts Council.
Dureke attends weekly live painting sessions where she works with emerging and established artists in the county. She also mentors and teaches elementary school students in Riverdale, encouraging youth to get involved in their neighborhoods and to use art as in outlet to express themselves and break the various language barriers.