“My art makes social and political commentary as a form ofprotest artthat speaks for the oppressed, the art that kicks against bad leadership, the art that condemns inhumanity and violence in our society.”
Bob-Nosa Uwagboe was born in 1974 in the ancient city of Benin kingdom, rich in cultural and artistic heritage. Edo state. Nigeria. He received his professional education at the famous colorist school, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi. Edo state where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (H.N.D) in 2004 and specialized in painting.
Bob-Nosa as he is fondly called, retired immediately to full-time studio practice after his one year mandatory service to the nation as a member of the national youth service corp (NYSC) at Abuja. After a brief stay in Abuja, he relocated to Lagos to set up The Protest Art Studio to explore his creative energy into an experimental path that has resulted into thought provoking themes and often times spark of anger, pain, passion and vision that are not often defined by the subject matters and defy the border usually set by artistic canons. He evokes emotion with his art in which he employs diverse materials seemingly unconnected at first, he often succeed in challenging the audience to deeper engagement with his work from which there are varied interpretation and reflection mostly concerned with issues of falsehood, deception, bad leadership and reaching to the unreached.
The self-described art activist belongs to a protest subculture devoted to using art as a catalyst for change. His paintings, powerful, satirical comments on inhumanity, which run the gamut from abstract to representational, are distinguished by intense primary colours applied in large expressive strokes and frequently include collaged images and found materials. Surfaces are scratched with written texts and aerosol paint is roughly sprayed over and across painted forms. Bob-Nosa’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions in Spain, Argentina, Poland and Nigeria.
2023 “We Come in Peace”, Graham Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
2021 “Police Brutality”, Out of Africa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2019 “Protest Art”, OOA Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2018 “Obituary”, Signature Beyond Art Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria
2018 “Homme Libre”, African Artist Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
2023 “SMALL IS SMART”, Barcelona Winter Group Show, OOA GALLERY – Barcelona, Spain
2022 Cape Town Art Fair – Eclectica Contemporary – Cape Town, South Africa
2020 ART X Lagos – Out of Africa Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria
2020 1-54 London 2020, Out of Africa Gallery – London, UK
2020 1-54 New York 2020, Out of Africa Gallery – New York, USA
2019 ART X Lagos 2019, Out of Africa Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria
2019 Beirut Art Fair 2019, Out of Africa Gallery – Beirut , Libanon
2020 “Winter Group Show” – Out of Africa Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
2019 “In the Making” – Retro Africa – New York, USA
2018 “CU–ULTURE and TRADITION, Same experience different local” – London, UK