Ken Nwadiogbu | Artist Overview

Ken Nwadiogbu

b.1994, Nigerian

Ken Nwadiogbu is a London-based multidisciplinary artist whose work masterfully blends hyperrealism with contemporary elements. Initially trained as a civil engineer, Nwadiogbu pivoted to fine art, where he first gained acclaim for his hyperrealistic charcoal drawings. His artistic journey has since evolved into more conceptual works that engage a diverse array of techniques. Nwadiogbu's art explores critical themes such as identity, displacement, and socio-political control. His unique approach merges intellectual rigor with playful ingenuity, creating visually arresting illusions that challenge viewers to reconsider their perspectives. This distinctive style is encapsulated in his pioneering of the “Contemporealism” movement. Ken Nwadiogbu was awarded The Future Awards Africa (2019) in recognition of his contributions to the Nigerian arts community. Notably, his works have graced the prestigious Royal Academy of Art, London, UK (2023), Somerset House, London, UK (2023), Bishop Museum, Hawaii, USA (2021), and Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery, London, UK. He has also collaborated with esteemed brands such as Netflix, GANT, Macmillan Publishers, and Martell. 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. Ken Nwadiogbu holds a Master’s degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art. He is constantly revitalizing his practice by challenging and redefining modes of representation.