Ken Nwadiogbu, 23, is a visible artist from Lagos, Nigeria, who specialises in 3D hyper-realistic drawings accomplished with pencil and paper, creating footage and portraits so real looking that you need to look twice to ensure they aren’t pictures.
Ken’s artwork is totally self-taught and he has confronted many challenges to change into a recognised artist. “I learnt the method myself, Ken instructed Bored Panda. “I completed with a BSc in Civil Engineering. So I by no means went to an artwork college or had any formal training in artwork.”
Having accomplished his diploma, his dad and mom weren’t wholly satisfied of his option to pursue his artwork full time. “That’s “African Mother and father” for you,” he stated with amusing. “They had been involved about monetary stability, and the way the world will view you. We have now so many highway facet artists in Lagos, so that they had been involved I could be going in the direction of that course.”
In addition to worrying the dad and mom, one other problem for Ken to beat was the Nigerian artwork world. “5 years in the past once I began artwork, there was little or no consideration given it,” he defined. “There was no room to attach or perceive artwork besides if you happen to went to an “artwork college”. There was this stigmatisation on artists who didn’t research artwork. It was laborious for a younger artist like myself to evolve.” Fortunately, issues are altering for the higher now. “The artwork scene is rising. Now, I see younger artists being impressed and attempting to concentrate on their goals. I can see alternatives arising for even those that didn’t research artwork. So it’s a piece in progress, and I’m grateful for that.”
Ken goals to attain a deeper which means via his artwork, one which fits past the visually spectacular facade he presents into themes resembling gender equality, African cultures, and black energy. Outlining his imaginative and prescient, he instructed Bored Panda the tales behind his work. “My artwork’s course is to pursue freedom of expression and perception, and to advertise the voices of these reasonably unheard,” he stated. “I additionally need to discover delicate want and privilege. In The Nylon Sequence, there are views of lovers of the standard African tradition and morals. Okotogbam touches on emotion and power of character, whereas The King’s Diary presents the probabilities of African Feminism, as seen in feminine patriarchy.”
Now busy with exhibitions round Nigeria, Ken is trying ahead to opening his first solo present, with the theme of African female-feminine energy. Oh, and evidently he has lastly gained over his dad and mom, who’ve accepted his choice to pursue a life as an artist. “I’m very certain they’re utterly satisfied now. There’s a lot love now in what I do,” he instructed us. “They need to be a part of it. On a regular basis they’re citing recommendations for brand spanking new work too, it’s so cute seeing dad and mom do this.”
Scroll down under to see Ken’s gorgeous works under, and tell us what you suppose within the feedback!
“A detailed-up view of the art work accomplished with pencil on paper”
The Nylon Sequence
Unleashed 1, 2015
If I begin to Speak, 2015-2017
Depart it torn a Little Longer, 2015
Within the midst of Recession, 2015
Osiso Ndu (Mama Africa), 2014
On a Spaceship