Johnson Uwadinma

The interplay between tactile quality and image in Johnson Uwadinma's work though appear simple is visually intricate in detail and thematically engaging, drawing up symbolic references to morality, memory, history and the never-ending intrigue of human co-existence. His work reveals his interest in the human body as a reservoir of encoded history defined by past and present experiences as well as its significance to collective social development.


Uwadinma studied art at the University of Port Harcourt graduating with a BA and an MA in 2005 and 2013 respectively. Uwadinma has exhibited extensively in several group exhibitions  and has had three solo exhibitions: Aphorism, at Mydrim Gallery, Lagos in 2013; Erasure, at Boys' Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt in 2014; The Afterlife of Forgetting, at Boys' Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt in 2017. His first solo exhibition in the US held in 2023 at Urevbu Contemporary.


He lives and works in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Recent group exhibitions include Engaging Space and Its Metaphors, PACA DAK'ART OFF, 2022, Rayons D'Espoir (Rays of Hope), Les Arts du Soleil, Dakar, Senegal, 2022, The Hamptons Fine Art Fair, New York, 2021; Africa on My Mind, Urevbu Contemporary, Memphis, 2021; Lets Connect, Mariam Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, 2021; Be Real Black for Me,  Madlozi Gallery, South Africa, 2020; Of Things not Seen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lagos, 2019; a specially curated installation for Art X Lagos, 2017; The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary in London in 2016; and Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art in Venice, Italy in 2015.