Johnson Uwadinma is a contemporary Nigerian artist known for his paintings and installations that feature tessellating hues and multiple textures. Uwadinma’s work is characterized by an interest in truth, morality, memory, history and the never-ending intrigue of human co-existence. His work is defined by past and present experiences of the Nigerian State and Africa’s history. His recent solo exhibition The Afterlife of Forgetting in 2017 questions how news as an agency is consumed and internalized and history shelved in an attempt to bury memory.
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 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 a specially curated installation for Art X Lagos, 2017, Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art in Venice, Italy in 2015, and The Pineapple Show at Tiwani Contemporary in London in 2016.