Ken Nwadiogbu’s innovative conceptual drawings engage in multidisciplinary modes of storytelling by disrupting standard narratives through depicting masks as a means of liberation or escape. Nwadiogbu uses charcoal, collage, acrylic, and more recently, photography, painting, sculpture, installation and performance art to explore themes of African cultures and Black power amongst others. Nwadiogbu is credited for introducing the ‘Contemporealism’ movement, a fusion of Hyper-Realism and Contemporary art.
Born in Lagos in 1994, Nwadiogbu earned a B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017 from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, during which Nwadiogbu began his art career. In 2019, he was awarded the Future Award Prize for Visual and Applied Arts and The Bridgeman Studio Award. His solo exhibition, Contemporealism, was curated by Premier Art Solutions and exhibited at The Brick Lane Gallery, London (2019). His group exhibitions include In the Making, Retro Africa, Abuja (2019), Generation Y, The Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja (2018), Artyrama-Lost in Lagos, Lagos (2017) and Insanity, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2016).