Peter Uka Brings Memories of Nigeria to New York

Peter Uka's memories of growing up in 1970s and 80s Nigeria have culminated in a superb New York debut at The FLAG Art Foundation. The richness of colour and texture in each frame is simply extraordinary. ⁠⁠

Based in Cologne since 2008, the artist renders flashbacks from his youth into realistic scenes. 'The paintings I do are bones from memories,' Uka has explained. 'A snippet of different parts of what I remember from my childhood back home.'

An avid record collector, music informs Uka's compositions along with recognisable late 20th-century trends, creating a reflection of Nigerian life at the time.

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