Nengi Omuku is a Nigerian artist who received her BA and MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Nigeria, and now lives and works in Nigeria. Her artistic practice has won her scholarships and awards, including the British Council CHOGM art award presented by Queen Elizabeth II.
Her work functions as a metaphor alluding to wider themes of difference, understanding, and mutual belonging. Through color she explores the idea that the human figure can be transformed based on the premise that things can look a certain way but can also be otherwise. Liberation from the physical form has led her into new territory, a moment-by-moment expression of beings that have been transformed from their present reality, reanimated through color and markings.
Nengi Omuku wishes to convey portraits: presences floating through active spaces, presences that have the aspiration of becoming events in their own right. She also frequently explores encounters – what happens when different forms meet. Another element of her work is the scape, in particular, the escape the bodies inhabit.
Selected solo exhibitions
The Armory Show, New York
A State of Mind, Omenka Gallery, Lagos
To Figure an Encounter, Open the Gate, London
Selected group exhibitions
The Next 50 Years, Omenka Gallery, Lagos
Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition, Jerwood Gallery, London
Deep Cuts Last Measures, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich
Surplus to Requirements, Slade Research Center, London
The Future of Contemporary Art, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Bristol
Group exhibition, Swill Cottage Gallery, London
Group exhibition, Camden Art Gallery, London