Adokuru, Joshua Michael
Born 1999 in Suleja, Nigeria
Lives and works in Suleja, Nigeria
Joshua Michael Adokuru is a self-taught artist studying computer science at the National Open University of Nigeria, Abuja. He found his voice using his current medium - working with strings, nails and acrylic on board, which he uses to represent Black people. He states, ‘I try to show how beautiful and significant the Black melanin is so I use unusual mediums to make that happen. My environment and people around me inspired me to paint. I love to capture the facial expression of the people I paint [create] because facial expressions are a form of nonverbal communication. I try to convey how I saw the emotional state of the individuals I portray.’ Exhibitions include, SAY IT LOUD (I'm Black and I'm Proud) pt.1 & 2, Christie’s, New York (2021 and 2020). BLACK VOICES: Friend of My Mind, Ross-Sutton Gallery, New York (2021) and Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent Benefit Auction, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco (2020).
Joshua Michael Adokuru, Hi it's me, 2021, Wool thread and nails on board, 122 x 91 cm. Courtesy of Ross-Sutton Gallery.

Artists 2021