Austin Uzor
Born 1991 in Imo State, Nigeria
Lives and works in Texas, USA
Austin Uzor received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2013 from the University of Nigeria Nsukka where he majored in drawing and painting. Shortly after graduation, he kickstarted a studio practice which led to local and international recognition. This set the groundwork for his first ever solo show in 2016 titled Visitors at the Rele gallery in Lagos. Uzor, a skilled draughtsman and experienced painter, explores the world of the unknown by means of psychological spaces, feelings, and alternate realities in search of existential truths.  He moved to the U.S. in 2016, which has influenced his most current body of work and narrative, focusing on the traumas of being displaced. From endless exploration of visual vocabularies, every single gesture and depiction of objects is channelled towards creating a cinematic, panoramic, immersive, and performative environment. Each element is associated closely to what used to be a normal place, but is no longer recognisable.
Austin Uzor, Circus Fever; The Story of the Hummingbird, 2022, Oil on canvas, 66 x 88 cm. Courtesy of Nil Gallery.

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