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.
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 (2023), Thinkspace's 'Ubuntu' exhibition in Los Angeles (2021), the thought-provoking 'Journey Mercies' exhibition at the Bomb Factory Art Foundation in London (2021), and the perspective-altering 'A Different Perspective' exhibition at Retro Africa in Abuja (2022). 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 Macmillan Publishers, Martell, Gant and OPPO. 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. 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”.