Charcoal, contè and pastel on paper Variables (Salon installation)
The multidisciplinary artist Uthman Wahaab was born in 1983 in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He lives and works between Lagos, Nigeria and United Kingdom. He received a degree in Fine Art from the School of Art, Design and Printing in Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.
Wahaab is an artist who possesses an overarching interest in social phenomenon and eschews a consistent use of medium or even singular aesthetic styles. Utilising the disciplines of drawing, painting, graphic design, film, photography, sculpture and installation, Wahaab’s foremost concern is developing a new visual language that consciously rejects traditional forms of depiction in order to document ongoing history and unfolding reality.
Wahaab’s current work focuses on issues of identity, beauty, sexuality, and cultural influences that inform technological change and social shifts in Africa. To move forward in a globalised world, carefully examining the past and learning from historical lessons are of the utmost importance.
The artist is truly committed to giving back to the community by exercising artistic agency to shed light on difficult and often tenuous political, economic, and social dynamics. The artist’s work provides a critical lens on social phenomenon not only within Africa, but more significantly looks at the ways that globalization and post-colonialism complicate the African socialscape.
Wahaab’s work has been shown internationally with a wide acclaim in Africa, United State, London and Europe.