Johnson Uwadinma

Johnson Uwadinma is a contemporary Nigerian artist known for his paintings and installations that feature tessellating hues and multiple textures. The interplay between surface and image in Uwadinma's work, though appear simple, is quite often intricate in detail and thematically engaging. His work is characterized by an interest in truth, identity, morality, memory, history  and the never-ending intrigue of human co-existence. His work is defined by past and present experiences as well as current events.


Uwadinma studied art at the University of Port Harcourt graduating with a B.A and an M.A in 2005 and 2013 respectively. He  received the First Prize of the NNPC/EPNL Sponsored World Environment Day Art Competition in 2005. 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 and more recently, The Afterlife of Forgetting, at Boys' Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt in 2017. He lives and works in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Recent group exhibitions include Be Real Black for Me at Madlozi Gallery, South Africa in 2020; Of Things not Seen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lagos in 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,