KEN NWADIOGBU

An artist who seamlessly blends the meticulousness of science with the controlled chaos of art, Ken wishes nothing more than for people to see and be inspired by the African art that he grew up with and cherished as a young man, and hopes for the whole world to see just how powerful this kind of art can truly be.

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KEN NWADIOGBU

Ken Nwadiogbu grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and his apparent path in life seemed to be set for him from the start. You see, he was raised in a community that, though respected and valued art, didn’t prioritize it much. To them, artists were needed, yes, but to choose to become one would subject oneself to a life of subsistence, as many artists didn’t have much in terms of financial flexibility.

An artist who seamlessly blends the meticulousness of science with the controlled chaos of art, Ken wishes nothing more than for people to see and be inspired by the African art that he grew up with and cherished as a young man, and hopes for the whole world to see just how powerful this kind of art can truly be.

According to Ken, it seemed as if his education and future career in engineering were chosen for him by the people he grew up with. However, Ken chose to go against the wishes of the community around him to become an engineer. Though he finished his course in engineering and is, by all means, an engineer, he felt as if life had other plans for him. An avid caricaturist since childhood, he often doodled during class, much to the dismay of some of his lecturers. To him, this was a great avenue to allow himself some room to express and be creative, well away from the rigid confines of science and engineering. He would go on to hone his caricature drawings, eventually settling on his preferred style and that which many people know him by today: hyperrealism.
“Being an artist didn’t mean I had to suffer; being an artist meant I could still help my community, it meant I could still do what I loved doing.“ [His thoughts on how he wants to inspire a younger generation to pursue their love for art]
KEN NWADIOGBU

"Ken's Kube"

Ken's Kube is an art item that will foster the conversation of migration through a 3x3 Rubix Cube design. It is designed to create an interactive experience for art lovers and game enthusiasts and allows for users to get both the physical and digital experience of the work. The idea for Ken's Kube is to represent communities of migrants on each side of the cube so that there are six different communities. As the game begins, migration commences. “In some sense, what I’m trying to show is the desire to begin a journey regardless of the twists and turns experienced along the way, and a responsibility to return to our communities after our migration experience.“

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Ken cites the exact instance he truly believed in his path to become an artist: in a collaborative exhibition, he along with 9 other artists, decided to show off the hyperrealistic works at the Omenka Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria. What was meant to be a simple exercise in showcasing hyperrealism to a wider audience eventually became the catalyst that pushed Ken to double down on his goal to become an artist.

Despite the current success he enjoys now, Ken says that he struggled with doubt during the early days of his career as an artist. Many of the people around him kept encouraging him to stop his art, and just focus on being a good engineer. However, he persevered and made it his goal to encourage artists like himself to not allow self-doubt or the doubt of those around them to discourage them from pursuing their dreams.

His goal as an artist is twofold: he wants to let the world know of the beauty and wonders of both Nigerian and African art, while at the same time, inspiring people to pursue their creative goals, whether in visual art or any other medium. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries around the globe, with some of his works currently residing in the Bomb Factory Art Foundation in London, UK. Come discover his work right here on Ronin.
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