Painter | The Netherlands 

Inspired by processes of growth and decay, she collects weathered materials and utensils, which she transforms through minimal interventions into new images in which the familiar reality turns out to be no longer correct.

I try to influence the point of view of the spectator in observing daily ordinary matters, to reach more connection and fascination. ​


Kingsley Ogwara (1975) studied his bachelors in Fine and Applied Arts at Delta State University in Abrake, Nigeria and resides and works from Luxembourg, where he is a well recognised painter and sculptor. His paintings and sculptures in clay, stone, wood or metal consist of organic concave and convex forms, mostly (semi-)abstract and are inspired by African or European images and symbols.They center about human transformation and connection, about the freedom and harmony that can be  found in the masses. As such they rather express a state of mind than an extensive narrative.

Ogwara: “In our globalized world with its many issues, we each struggle individually to live our lives in a meaningful way. When we grow up, we build up our defenses, often based on fear and distrust, resulting from the inevitable hardships that life brings sometimes. However, life also brings unexpected compassion and new windows, and each hardship brings new insights, makes us reflect and grow. We all need to mature, overcome fear and distrust and open up our defenses to connect to each other, dare to be vulnerable to give and receive love. My works are about this transformation and interconnectedness”

His paintwork with knives in oil and acrylic on canvas are characterized by pointilistic abstract orchestrations of colors and rich textures, which seem to take on the form of masses of people. Ogwara typically  hides his initial images behind these thick pointilistic pastiche layers, which creates a lot of depth and suggestion. In his latest Icon-series, he experiments with adding some figurative element by allowing the initial portraits to shine through. 

 Ogwara has participated in many group- and solo exhibitions, amongst others in Luxemburg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded amongst others the prestigious bi-annual Prix Pierre Werner for his paintings as best artist in Luxembourg in 2016. At the Luxembourg Art Week 2019, he was nominated again with his sculptures for the Grand-Duc Adolphe award and in 2022 again for the Prix Pierre Werner, which granted him the titular membership of CAL as the first African member in its history. Most recently, he showed for 6 months at the blockbuster exhibition “Gospel” at the historical Catharijne Convent museum in Utrecht (Netherlands). His paintings are included in collections all over the world.

Collecting heavy damaged textiles along the Bevera river in Italy, past summer, shows an example   of Astrid Meijer’s interest in decay and vulnerability. In contradiction of haute couture she prefers basse couture.

The artist tries to influence the point of view of the spectator in observing of daily ordinary matter, to reach more connection and enchantment/ fascination.

Gloves  often appear, transformed in fetish  objects sometimes with an erotic connotation, this being used in site specific installations as well.

Beneath this  Astrid Meijer practices ‘surgery’ on furniture creating an amazing ‘living room’ where the usual comfort zone has been changed into a surreal surrounding.

Interested in found sound as well she sometimes practices performances with live animated sound in collaboration with musicians.

Born in Delft, NL. Royal Academy The Hague, Lives and works in Rotterdam




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