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BOB-NOSA

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Image Bob Nosa BOB-NOSA
Born iin 1974 in Edo - Nigeria
Works and lives in Lagos – Nigeria

Art wasn't supposed to look nice;
it was supposed to make you feel something.
(Rainbow Rowell)

In the last decade, Bob-Nosa is one of the few artists working in Nigeria who has remained behind the barricade, constantly sticking flames in the face of authority, and irreverently responding with provocative works that speak truth to power. The sober tone expressed in most of Bob-Nosa’s works is a response to his traumatic experience of the death of his parents, combined with his indignation over social and widespread humanitarian crises. In addition to his continuous critique of the global political structure, the captivity of African immigrants and refugees traded in open market slavery in at the Libyan border, the endless atrocities carried out by Boko Haram terrorists as well as domestic violence, intensify a feeling of resignation and mourning in the works of Bob-Nosa.

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With quasi street art forms of collage and spray painting, the artist uses satire and parody as a form of social activism that calls for change and transformation within Nigeria, Africa and the world.

Bob-Nosa’s art is inspired by the notion of “inhumanity”; he belongs to a minority group of contemporary artists who criticize government. Bob-Nosa calls his studio the Protest Art Studio where artworks that comment on social and political issues that affect him are made. “My art makes social and political commentary as a form of protest art that speaks for the oppressed, the art that kicks against bad leadership, the art that condemns inhumanity and violence in our society. Where there is no humanism, it’s understood that a society lacks human sensibility and becomes a violent and beast-like society that tends to inflict pain or suffering on others. To be inhuman is to be cold, pitiless, unkind and without humane and kindly feelings as well as an ability to inflict or cause physical or psychological pain without hesitation or human feelings. Societies that don’t support human rights, dignity and freedom are commonly understood to not respect human values” says Bob-Nosa.

The themes in Bob-Nosa’s works, which he refers to as the consequences of bad political leadership on the ordinary man, deal with the world of vice, corruption, extortion, murder, illegal migration, inhumane treatment, human trafficking, violence, child labour as well as hate speech and war.

The scale of Bob-Nosa’s works, the use of materials and brush marks as well as subject, form part of his expressive vocabulary. His use of intense primary colours applied in large expressive strokes frequently also include collaged images and found materials. Surfaces are scratched with written text and aerosol paint is roughly sprayed over and across painted forms. Some of the collaged sections are from popular media and found materials from the streets of Lagos; these give the subject matter an immediacy as well as a sense of authenticity or credibility. “I am trying to liken the attitude of our leaders to that of animals. They are just animals in power, they are already rich but still loot money. They take more than what they need, leaving the poor masses in abject poverty.” says Bob-Nosa.

Bob-Nosa’s protest art condemns inhumanity and he seems to hold the view that the loss of human values demonstrates a contempt for democracy. His art as an activist based at The Protest Art Studio is an attempt to provide a much needed strong voice. As an alternative artist, or an activist voice that comes from a protest sub-culture, his dissent provides an alternative. He sees the individual as a victim or part of a predominate apathetic group mentality that justifies a collective “everyone does it” mentality. He is making a call to artists to consciously decide to become agents of change within a system of social decay. His distortions and satire seem to call for a new mental picture of leadership to be revisualised into a better version of humanism. It is in such spaces that visual artists can become activists by using artistic freedom of speech as weapons to bring the much needed social and political changes. Their figurative works become powerful satirical comments about inhumanity.

To be, to exist, means to be do so for the community, for the other, with the concept of the self being able to emerge from and through the relationships with others. It is in this type of view of humanity that one feels that Bob-Nosa’s art and his Protest Art Studio can play a very important role in contemporary art in Africa. Bob-Nosa says "I would like to be remembered as an artist and a humanitarian.

Bob-Nosa Uwagboe is a mixed media Nigerian artist born in Benin City. He studied fine arts at the Auchi Polytechnic. He is known for making paintings with entertaining characters, usually with the intention to satirize political anomalies and social phenomena.

Many of his works have been criticized for their childish simplicity and indifference to decency. Some of these images have caused anguish as they include dismembered limbs which allude to victims of suicide bombings, or skulls and skeletons referencing deaths from religious, ethnic and domestic violence in Nigeria.

At other times Bob-Nosa paints corrupt politicians, policemen, and people in vile situations. Bob-Nosa, who has always maintained that his creative process occurs in a moment of calmness, anger, pain, and passion, defies censorship to make audacious works with risqué details.

Bob-Nosa has earned praise for his sincerity and courage, but he has also been vilified and dismissed for his obsession with salacious and explicit displays. After a brief period in Abuja, Uwagboe moved to Lagos to set up the Protest Art Studio.

His work is recognized in Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa but now in the USA, France and the UK too. “Protest Art” will be his first exhibition in Spain with OOA Gallery Barcelona from 1 June till 14 July 2019.

Solo shows

2019 – “Protest Art” – OOA Gallery – Barcelona, Spain
2018 - “Obituary” - Signature Beyond Art Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria
2018 - “Homme Libre” - African Artist Foundation – Lagos, Nigeria

Group shows

2018 - “CU--ULTURE and TRADITION, Same experience different local” - London, UK
2017 - Beirut Art Fair – Beirut, Lebanon
2016 – That Art Fair – Cape Town, South Africa
2016 - “Breaking News” - Art21 Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria
2016 - Sogal Art Auction - Lagos, Nigeria
2015 – “They have asked us to smile” - Lagos Book & Art Festival - Freedom Park - Lagos, Nigeria
2013 – Arthouse Contemporary Auction - Lagos, Nigeria
2013 - “Building bridges” - Nigerian Independence Day celebrations - Kenya
2013 - World Bank Art Exhibition – Abuja, Nigeria
2012 - Art Basel Miami Art Fair – Miami, USA
2012 - “New works by Ayoola Gbolahan and Bob-Nosa Uwagboe” - Nigeria Now – Abuja, Nigeria
2012 - “The Children of the World” - German Cultural Centre – Lagos, Nigeria
2011 - “Do not resuscitate” - Cora Art Festival - Freedom Park – Lagos, Nigeria
2011 - “The Last Picture Show” - Le Méridien – Cameroon
2011 - “Generational Statement” - Thought Pyramid Art Gallery – Abuja, Nigeria
2011 - “The last picture show” - La Galerie Vendôme” - Paris, France
2009 - “Beyond Figuration”- Omenka Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria .
2009 – Art Exhibition – French Woman Association - African Art Foundation (AAF) – Lagos, Nigeria
2009 - “Last picture show V.I.” - Maison du parti – Douala, Cameroon
2009 – Collocation 5 Art Exhibition – Though Pyramid Gallery – Abuja, Nigeria
2002 – Edo State Sports Festival Art Exhibition – Edo State Council for Art and Culture – Oba Ekenzua Cultural Centre – Benin City, Nigeria
2001 – Art Exhibition for Nigeria Artists - Lagos State Council for Art and Culture - Lagos, Nigeria
2001 - “Treasure of our time” - Pendulun Art Gallery – Lagos, Nigeria
 

Artworks for sale

. Bob-nosa - Woman in love - 2018 - 61cm H x 46cm W - Acrylic on textured paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Old feelings - 2017 - 61cm H x 45cm W - Acrylic on textured paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Couple and witnesses - 2019 - 121cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Lady and her witnesses - 2019 - 122cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Men drowning - 2019 - 120cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Love story - 2018 - 61cm x 61cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Domestic violence - 2016 - 76,5 cm H x 60cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - See that man - 2019 - Acrylic, spray paint, fabric and charcoal on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem III - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem II - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem I - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Visionless youth - 2018 - 122cm x 122cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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