Growing up in southeastern Nigeria, Kanayo keenly observed the colors and designs on the Dutch-wax fabrics his father, a textile dealer, imported from Holland into Nigeria, and this Kanayo says was his introduction to the magic of colors.
After obtaining a BFA degree from the University Of Maiduguri in the former ancient Kanem Bornu Empire, he worked as an art instructor at a college of education where he taught human drawing and landscape painting. He left a year later after his national service for MC & A, a Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising agency where he was designer / illustrator and a senior visualizer. Three years later Kanayo packed up and left Nigeria for the United States to paint full time.
Today, this prolific artist says that he is inspired by all the colors and shapes he sees in nature. "This is why I love painting scenery.... I can move trees, clouds, houses and other elements around and they never complain."
Kanayo's paintings are collected worldwide by both private and corporate entities including banks, prestigious hotels and resorts.
His works have been shown on the very popular CBS TV series, Hawaii 5-0.
Represented by galleries nationwide Kanayo Ede is a published artist.