Painter and sculptor

Kingsley Ogwara

Nigeria / Luxembourg

« My mostly abstract sculptures and paintings are about human transformation and connection, about the freedom and harmony to be found in the masses.»

Ogwara intuitively seeks the common denominating feeling that is shared, the harmony that can be found and connects us all. His rich textures give away the sculptor within him, adding 3-D effect to his canvasses.

Artworks by Kingsley Ogwara

Portrait of Kingsley Ogwara

Kingsley Ogwara (1975) studied his bachelors in Fine and Applied Arts at Delta State University in Abrake, Nigeria and resides and works since more than 10 years in Luxembourg. He is a gifted sculptor and painter and works often with mass compositions in a pointillistic style, in search of harmony and organic patterns and forms.

His paintwork with brushes and pallet knives in oil and acrylic on canvas are characterized by abstract orchestrations of colors and texture in a pointillistic style, which often seem to take the form of masses of people within which there is a lot to discover. In his compositions he celebrates the freedom of being part of the mass, breathing in one organic community, rather than feeling threatened by it. Ogwara intuitively seeks the common denominating feeling that is shared, the harmony that can be found and connects us all. His rich textures give away the sculptor within him, adding 3-D effect to his canvasses. His sculptures in clay, wood, stone and metal typically take on organic volumes formed by concave and convex surfaces that seamlessly flow into each other, be it abstract sculptures or simplified figurative sculptures inspired by African or European images and symbols. 

Ogwara has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and international art fairs, mainly in Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and was awarded amongst others for his paintings with the prestigious Prix Pierre Werner in Luxembourg in 2016 by CAL Luxembourg (Art Week Luxembourg). This year he has been nominated again for the CAL awards with his sculptures.

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2019

Gallery Denzelt, Echternach/Luxembourg 

2018

Gallery Netzwerk, Trier/Germany

2017

Gallery Schlassgoart, Luxembourg

2016

Gallery L’Impression, Dinant/Belgium

2010

Gallery Armand,  Gaasch/Luxembourg

Gallery Spiren, Strassen/Luxembourg

Gallery Maggy Stein, Bettembourg/Luxembourg

Group exhibitions

2019

ART Laren, Netherlands

Contemporary Art Fair Paris, France

ArtUp! Lille, France

Int. Art Center OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

2018

Luxembourg Art Fair, Luxembourg

Antwerp Art  Fair, Belgium

Gallery H2O, Differdange/Luxembourg

Int. Art Center OpenArtExchange, Schiedam/Netherlands

OpenExpo/City Museum Schiedam, Netherlands

2016

Luxembourg Art Week CAL, Luxembourg

2015

Gallery Hennen, Mettlach/Germany

2014

Gallery H2O, Differdange/Luxembourg

2013

7th Biennale Contemporary Art, Strassen/Luxembourg

2012

Festival Montmartre, Dinant/Belgium

2011

Open Art Festival, Lellegen/Luxembourg
2nd edition Art Contemporain Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

2010

Gare Art Festival, Luxembourg

2009

European group of artists from the Ardennes and Eifel, Germany

Artistic residence

2019

Int. Art Center OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2018

Int. Art Center OpenArtyExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Gallery H2O, Differdange/Luxembourg

Awards

2016

Award best artist Luxembourg Art Week – Prix Pierre Werner, Cercle Artistique de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2012

Award best artist, Festival Montmartre , Dinant/Belgium

2011

Award best artist, Open Art Festival, Lellegen/Luxembourg
Award 3rd best artist, 2nd edition Art Contemporain Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg 

Professional collections

SAR Grand Duke of Luxembourg
Ministery of Arts & Culture Luxembourg
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luxembourg
Communal Administration of Differdange, Luxembourg
Communal Administration of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

 

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 Pablo Picasso

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