Godwin Tom Sunday was born in Benue State but hails from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. From an early age, his parents encouraged his interest in Art. He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 2011 with a B. A. in Painting. His ideas for paintings come from everywhere. “What make a subject attractive to me are the same things that attract us all. The beauty of a young girl (Bride), the character of a weathered face, or even the story behind someone or something that makes it interesting. Tom Sunday believes it is the job of the artist to recognize this when it happens, analyze why, and use his technical skills to convey the feeling to someone else. He notes that some paintings are as simple as stopping at the sight of something interesting, while others may take more time to research than to actually paint. Tom Sunday works with oil paint on canvas and others artistic materials to produce portraits that merge inner states with outer appearances. Often working at a grand scale, he creates vigorously executed images of human figures, heads and faces using a multicolored patchwork of strokes. In some compositions, his strokes obscure his figures, whose contours can barely be made out amid the pigment. In others, faces and forms are more clearly articulated. He has participated in several art exhibitions and workshops both locally and internationally.
He works with the National Gallery of Art Abuja, Nigeria.