Nengi Omuku (born 1987) is one of Africa’s finest contemporary artists. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, graduating in 2012. She is the recipient of several awards including the British Council CHOGM Art Award, presented by HRH Queen Elisabeth II.
Her work has received international recognition with exhibitions held in London, New York, Atlanta, and Lagos. Her acclaimed paintings have been shown at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London and ArtXLagos (2017), and at the Armory Show in New York (2016).
Recent exhibitions include Unmasked with SMO Contemporary Art (2018), At Work with the Arthouse Foundation (2018), Stages of Collapse, September Gray Art Gallery, Atlanta (2017), the Armory Show Focus: African Perspectives, New York City (2016), A State of Mind, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2015) and Jerwood Drawing Prize (2014), Jerwood Gallery, London (2014).
Nengi Omuku’s creates anthropomorphic forms, which float across surreal landscapes. Her figures encourage us to look beneath the surface using metaphors and themes that explore race, identity, mental journeying and mutual belonging.