Nengi Omuku, Pull, 2017, Oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm. Courtesy the artist and SMO Contemporary Art
Nengi Omuku, Pull, 2017, Oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm. Courtesy the artist and SMO Contemporary Art  

Nengi Omuku’s paintings feature dark, amorphous presences that float through ‘active’ or loaded spaces. Her work functions as a metaphor alluding to wider themes of identity, difference and mutual belonging. Omuku’s colour palette acts as a subtext for subtle transformations of the human figure.

She completed an MA degree and BA degree in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, graduating in 2012. Recent exhibitions include the Armory Show Focus: African Perspectives, New York (2016), A State of Mind, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2015) and Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014, Jerwood Gallery, London (2014). She is the recipient of several awards including the British Council CHOGM Art Award, presented by HRH Queen Elisabeth II.