Ken Nwadiogbu

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Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994) is a Nigerian-born London-based multidisciplinary artist. A trained civil engineer, he soon pivoted to fine art, first embracing hyperrealism and charcoal drawing before expanding his creative horizon to more conceptual works and a wider array of techniques. He now holds a Masters degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art. On Nwadiogbu’s large canvases, stories superimpose themselves in multiple layers. Mixing together hyperrealism with contemporary elements, he explores grave matters in his colorful conceptual work, inviting us to address altogether black representation and identity, displacement, and socio-political control. Defending an art that can be at once smart and fun, he creates ingenious, politically charged visual illusions that deploy a singular outlook, daring the audience to question their own, for “value lies in the perspective”. Nwadiogbu is credited for introducing the “Contemporealism” movement. He was awarded the prestigious The Future Awards Africa in recognition of his contributions to the Nigerian arts community. Notably, his works have graced the prestigious Royal Academy of Art during the Summer Exhibition in London, Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery (‘Fragments of Reality’ solo exhibition) in London, and Retro Africa (‘A Different Perspective' solo exhibition) in Abuja. He has also captivated audiences at esteemed events such as Scope Miami, 1-54 London, Prizm Art Fair, and ART X Lagos. His artistic prowess extends beyond the canvas, as he has engaged in collaborations with esteemed brands including Netflix, GANT, Macmillan Publishers, and Martell. A core focus for him is to inspire and encourage young creatives. He does this through public speaking and mentorship, as well as through his creative collaborations. Nwadiogbu enjoys expanding his perspective -and ours, rarely ever leaving anything to chance, but rather proceeding from a place of joy, and intentional care. He is constantly revitalizing his practice by challenging modes of Black representation.

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