Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994, Lagos, Nigeria) is a full time visual artist who creates innovative conceptual drawings on various surfaces as he engages in multidisciplinary modes of storytelling. Gender equality, African culture, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.
Nwadiogbu earned a B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. His interest in art, as well as his career began while he earned his degree despite no formal training. Inspired by issues relating to him and those around, he began creating works that reflect the everyday struggles of people, with the hopes of making a change in his community.
Popularly known as KenArt, Nwadiogbu was recently named by Guardian Life as one of the most “Outstanding Personalities of 2019”. He was also awarded the 2019 Future Award Prize for Visual and Applied Arts and The Bridgeman Studio Award. He held his debut solo show Contemporealism (2019), in Brick Lane Gallery, London and has participated in local and international group exhibitions and fairs around the world, including Miami Art Week, Moniker International Art Fair, 1-54 African Art Fair, ArtX Lagos and so on.
A core focus for Nwadiogbu is to inspire and encourage young creatives. He does this through public speaking and mentorship, as well as through his creative companies; Artland Contemporary Limited and KINGS Management. He is also the co-founder of Artists Connect NG, the largest artist gathering in Nigeria, created to foster creativity, collaboration and community.
Ken Nwadiogbu is constantly revitalising his practice by challenging modes of Black representation. His oeuvres do not just encompass various forms of drawing using charcoal, collage, and acrylic, but most recently transcends into photography, sculpture, installation and performance art.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
CONTEMPOREALISM - Curated by Premier Art Solutions, Held at The Brick Lane Gallery, London.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
PRIZM ART FAIR - Curated by Retro Africa, Miami
THE COOKOUT: KINFOLK AND OTHER INTIMACIES - Curated by MoCADA Museum, NY.
1-54 AFRICAN ART FAIR, NY - Curated by Retro Africa Gallery, NY.
ART OF DIVERSITY - Curated by Bridgeman Studio. Held at Yinka Sonibare CBE RA studio, London.
MIAMI ART WEEK - Curated by The ArtPlug Powerhouse. Held at The Citadel, Miami, Florida.
MONIKER ART FAIR - Curated by Premier Art Solutions. Held at Chelsea Sorting Office, Chelsea, London.
ART X LAGOS - Curated by Artyrama Gallery. Held at Federal Palace, Nigeria.
LAX-LHR - Curated by Thinkspace. Held at Moniker International Art Fair, London.
LAX-MSY - Curated by Thinkspace. Held at RedTruck Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.
LAX-SFO - Curated by Thinkspace. Held at Heron Arts, San Francisco, California.
IN THE MAKING - Curated by Retro Africa. Held at Retro Africa Gallery, Nigeria.