Peter Uka is Cologne based artist who works with different types of media and draws his inspiration from his own past and his present. We talked about his studies, the evolution of his work and the importance of memory, history and intimacy. Peter Uka is represented by Mariane Ibrahim. Read our interview with the gallerist on FIAC Stories.
Biographie de l’artiste
Peter Uka’s (b.1975, Nigeria; based in Cologne, Germany) classical training in realistic figuration, images from his memory, are nostalgic, and simultaneously convey innate and timeless human emotion, breathing depth into dynamic portrayals. Scenes of growing up in Nigeria, including elements like afro hairstyles and bell-bottom jeans – the bright mannerisms and local customs are all captured in vibrant, visual narrative. Compositions also capture international trends from the late 20th century and the ways globalization connects countries around the world. These narratives uncover historical precedents of globalization and dynamic cultural signifiers connecting two countries that Uka calls home, while reminding the rest of the world of collective reciprocity, closeness, and connection. Uka completed his studies in 2017 at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and has exhibited at ARCOmadrid, National Museum Onikan, Haus der Kunst, Kunsthaus Mettman and DIDI Museum. The artist will have their first solo exhibition with the gallery (Chicago) in November 2021.
Portrait of Peter Uka by Kai Schmidt. Courtesy of Mariane Ibrahim