Bernard Odi first joined the Stokes community in 2005. He is originally from Cote d’ivoire. He is a consummate painter, ceramist, and arts educator. He studied at the national school of fine Arts in Abidjan Cote d’ivoire, and holds a degree in fine arts. Coming from an artistically talented family, Mr. Odi found that choosing the arts as his major was not difficult. His mother is a ceramist, his three brothers are artists, and his sister is a clothing designer in Paris. One of his paintings proudly hangs in the home of the former president of Cote d’Ivoire .