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BOB-NOSA

Biography

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

Police Brutality
by Paul Laster

Boldly capturing anxious characterizations of troubled souls in his textured, fabric-collaged, acrylic and charcoal layered canvases, which are expressively composed with washes of overlapping colors, impasto brushwork and punctuated with elements of spray-paint, Nigerian artist Bob-Nosa brutally exposes the dark side of humanity in his deliriously delightful, provocative paintings.

Born Bob-Nosa Uwagboe in Benin City in 1974, he grew up in a time when there was a large exodus of young people from Nigeria because they had lost hope in the country’s economic and political systems. The artist was 15 years old when students in his hometown rioted against the Structural Adjustment Program, which had been imposed by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The economic austerity plan implemented by the Nigerian government caused financial hardship and a deterioration of the normal standard of living, which led to civil unrest and police oppression.

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As a youth, Bob-Nosa was more interested in crafts that fine art—customizing tote bags and backpacks with scraps of fabric, which is a collage technique that he still employs on the surface of his canvases, and illustrating sign boards with scriptures for his church, which has transformed into scrawled texts in his current paintings. His other love was music, particularly the songs of such anti-apartheid, Pan-African activist musicians as Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley, both of whom helped inspired his own activism through art.

Prior to entering college to study art, Bob-Nosa stayed in an artist’s studio, where he apprenticed to learn techniques for making art and lessons on how to maneuver through the local art scene. He worked there for three years and readied himself for school, where he proved to be ahead of the pack. It had been six years since he finished secondary school, but he now knew exactly what he wanted to do—he wanted to use his art as a weapon against the forces of oppression, including police officers, government officials, businessmen, reckless youths and criminals.

Once he completed his training, Bob-Nosa worked experimentally and took risks with his art. Setting up his own studio in Lagos, which is dubbed Protest Art Studio, he found that the choice of materials played a major role in how he artistically expressed his beliefs and his desire to create change. Utilizing acrylic, spray paint crayon, charcoal and found materials he created protest art that directly addressed the social injustices and evil corruption plaguing Nigerian society. Making protest art, he worked quickly. Every action called for a reaction, where he had to think fast and move fast—just like protesters in the street.

With the knowledge he had learned as an apprentice, he set about trying to change the local art scene. He knew that he was on the right path, but when he started others didn’t want to follow. He was told that people wouldn’t want to buy this type of art, hat it was too rebellious and that he should make something more decorative, but he persisted. He didn’t worry about sales. He had a strong willpower. He went all the way. And once he gained success, he began to make an impact on the next generation of artists.

When galleries rejected his work, he turned to social media as a tool to push his message. He got his first big break in 2009, when his paintings were featured in the group exhibition “The Last Picture Show V.I.” at the Maison du Parti in Cameroon. The show received critical acclaim, which followed the artist back to Lagos, where his opportunities to exhibit increased year by year. In 2019 he had his first solo show abroad, at OOA Gallery in Barcelona, where his work is once again being featured.

Paintings for his solo show “Police Brutality” at OOA Gallery, Barcelona (15/9 – 24/10/2021) include the 2017 canvas Chained in Immorality, which depicts a corrupt uniform man with his pants around his ankles bound to two prostitutes, who are symbols of his use of debased lifestyle, that he is both sadly ensnared by and monstrously perpetuating. In the 2020 painting Gross Misconduct the immoral uniform man is drunk on the job, swinging a bottle of beer in one hand while wielding a fist on the other. In two recent paintings of uniform men, the artist uses a red X to cancel the corrupt characters, with Abuse of Human Right showing crooked cops trampling a protester underfoot and Bad Man singling out a uniform man, while turning the tables to make him the target.

The victims of the abuse are also the subject of Bob-Nosa’s wildly expressive, fearless brushwork. The 2019 canvas Wounded Patriot shows a bloodied, bandaged and bound protester still standing strong against a blackened sky. The 2020 painting Boy in Detention portrays a frightened youth arrested and imprisoned with other innocent men waiting for their poor families to spend their hard-earned cash to bail them out of jail so that the shady police will have more money for partying. And, capturing something that the artist wishes would happen more often, the canvas 3 Brave Men, also from 2020, depicts a group of bystanders who are willing to speak up, to stand up for what they believe in, unafraid of the system, and risking the loss of life to demonstrate for human rights—just like Bob-Nosa does with every painting he courageously creates.


Paul Laster
New York Desk Editor|ArtAsiaPacific
Contributing Editor|Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
Writer|Time Out New York|Galerie|Art & Object|Sculpture|Cultured|Harper's Bazaar Arabia|Architectural Digest|Surface|Garage|ConceptualFineArts /span>

Solo shows

2021 - "Police Brutality" - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain 
2020 - "Transit" - National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - Gdansk, Poland 
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
 

Available artworks

 


. Bob-Nosa - Reckless youth - 2019 - 122cm x 122cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Shut up II - 2019 - 122cm H x 106cm W - Acrylic, fabric collage and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Wounded Patriot - 2019 - 183cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic, spray paint & fabric collage on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Radical Boy - 2020 - 183cm H x 132cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Backwardness - 2019 - 181,5cm H x 152cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - 3 Brave Men - 2020 - 120,4cm H x 116cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Boy in Detention - 2020 - 151cm H x 108,5cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Complimentary - 2019 - 121cm H x 116,5cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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All Artworks

 


. Bob-Nosa - Complimentary - 2019 - 121cm H x 116,5cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Boy in Detention - 2020 - 151cm H x 108,5cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - 3 Brave Men - 2020 - 120,4cm H x 116cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Backwardness - 2019 - 181,5cm H x 152cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Radical Boy - 2020 - 183cm H x 132cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Wounded Patriot - 2019 - 183cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic, spray paint & fabric collage on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - No! No!! - 2017 - 122cm x 122cm - Acrylic, spray paint and collage on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Shut up II - 2019 - 122cm H x 106cm W - Acrylic, fabric collage and spray paint on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Reckless youth - 2019 - 122cm x 122cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - The humanitarian - 2019 - 122cm H x 106cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Angry boy - 2019 - 168cm H x 137cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-Nosa - Shut-up - 2019 - 122cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Woman in love - 2018 - 61cm H x 46cm W - Acrylic on textured paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Old feelings - 2017 - 61cm H x 45cm W - Acrylic on textured paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Couple and witnesses - 2019 - 121cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - ON HOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Lady and her witnesses - 2019 - 122cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Men drowning - 2019 - 120cm H x 107cm W - Acrylic and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Love story - 2018 - 61cm x 61cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - SOLD - 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 - ON HOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem I - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem II - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Self Esteem III - 2019 - 151cm H x 91cm W - Acrylic, fabric and spray paint on textured canvas - ON HOLD - INFO
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. Bob-nosa - Visionless youth - 2018 - 122cm x 122cm - Acrylic on textured canvas - SOLD - INFO
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