Peter Uka’s (b.1975, Nigeria; based in Cologne, Germany) classical training in realistic figuration, images from his memory, are nostalgic, and simultaneously convey innate and timeless human emotion, breathing depth into dynamic portrayals. Scenes of growing up in Nigeria, including elements like afro hairstyles and bell-bottom jeans - the bright mannerisms and local customs are all captured in vibrant, visual narrative.
Compositions also capture international trends from the late 20th century and the ways globalization connects countries around the world. These narratives uncover historical precedents of globalization and dynamic cultural signifiers connecting two countries that Uka calls home, while reminding the rest of the world of collective reciprocity, closeness, and connection.
Uka completed his studies in 2017 at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and has exhibited at ARCOmadrid, National Museum Onikan, Haus der Kunst, Kunsthaus Mettman and DIDI Museum.
The artist will have their first solo exhibition with the gallery (Chicago) in November 2021.