Nengi Omuku was born in 1987 and holds a BA (2010) and a MA (2012) from the Slade School of Art, University College, London.
Omuku has won several awards including the Prankerd Joney Memorial Prize (2012) and the Nancy Balfour MA Scholarship (2011), both awarded by University College, London. She has also won the British Council CHOGM art award, presented by HRH Queen Elizabeth II (2003).
Her work functions as a metaphor alluding to wider themes of difference, understanding and a mutual belonging. Through color, she explores the supposition that the human figure can be transformed based on the premise that things could not only look, but also be otherwise. The release from the physical form has led her into a new territory, a moment-by-moment expression of beings that have been transformed from their present reality, reanimated through color and marks.
It is her desire to convey portraits: presences floating through active spaces, presences that have the aspiration of becoming events in their own right. She also frequently explores the encounter – what happens when different forms meet. Another element of her work is the scape, in particular, the escape the bodies inhabit.
Nengi Omuku has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK including To Figure an Encounter, Open the Gate (2011) and Deep Cuts, Last Measures (2011) at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in London. She lives and works in Nigeria.