Born in the eastern part of Nigeria in the year 1991, Austin Uzor hails from Imo state. He 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 that set the groundwork for his first-ever solo show in 2016 titled “Visitors” at the Rele gallery in Lagos, Nigeria.
Uzor, a skilled draftsman 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 US in 2016 and this move is now the subject of his most current body of work and narrative, focusing on the traumas of being displaced. From an endless exploration of visual vocabularies, every single gesture and depiction of objects is channeled towards creating a cinematic, panoramic, immersive, and performative environment. Each element is associated closely with what used to be a normal place but is no longer recognizable.
The use of visual architectural structures, forms, and recurring figures in unrecognizable spaces, while juxtaposing reinvented sceneries with deeper imagery informs the therapeutic process of almost getting to that closure that almost never exists.