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Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

b. Enugu, Nigeria, 1979. Lives in Atlanta, USA

Working with diverse media, Nzewi’s works reflect his roots in the traditions of modern Nigerian art, along with his exposure to the routes of the contemporary, mobile African diaspora.

Arts Education

2006 Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa
2000 B.A (Fine and Applied Arts), University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Workshops & Residencies

2007 Art Omi International Artists Residency Programme, Omi Village, New York (July 1-€“23)
2006 Atelier Alexandria Workshop, Alexandria, Egypt (November 19-December 1)
2006 Greatmore Studios Residency Programme, Greatmore Studio, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa (July 1 – September 30)
2006 Internship at the Iziko South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, under the supervision of Ms. Emma Bedford, Senior Curator of Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, Iziko South Africa National Gallery (May 26-July 7)
2005 1st Kuona Trust Residency on Public Arts andInstallation, GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi- Kenya (May 9-July 15)
2004 Thupelo International Artists Workshop, Woodstock, Cape Town (October 31 – November14). Insaka International Artists Workshop, Siavonga, Zambia (April 28-May 12)
2002 The Pan-African Circle of Artists Peace Workshop, December 2002
2000 Professor Uche Okeke’s Workshop on Child Art, Asele Institute, Nimo, Anambra State (April)

Lectures, workshops (as facilitator/ educator)

2006 Guest lecturer, €œAfrica After Independence
1960-2004 The African City€, Department of Historical Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa, October 25
2005 Facilitator and Curator, €œLong Walk from the Centre to the Periphery: Central Cape Town to Langa Township (via Enugu, Nigeria), Sessions Ekapa
2005 “Mzantsi: (Re)Locating Contemporary African Art Practice”, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa (December 2-5)
2005 Workshop Instructor, Recyclable Art€, organised by Ayo Adewunmi, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu (April)
2005 Painting Demonstration organised by Lorna Reade at the Whoosh Festival, KWV – House of Brandy, Worcester, South Africa (March 5-6)
2003 Organised in The Art Republic, drawing workshop/exhibition for tertiary institution (August-September)
2002 Teaching Assistant, Ladoke Akintola, University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo, State [under the N.Y.S.C scheme]

Exhibitions (selected, Nigeria)

2007 Afrika Heritage 2006 [the 6th biennale of the Pan-Africa Circle of Artists], Pendulum Art Gallery, Lagos (May 19-26)
2005 Enhancing our Image, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (May 16-21).
2005 The 13th Annual Exhibition of the Visual Orchestra, French Cultural Centre, Abuja (February 15-25)
2005 The Rediscovery of Tradition”, Pendulum Art Gallery, Lagos; Alliance Francaise, Enugu
2004 Afrika Heritage [the 5th biennale of The Pan-African Circle of Artists], National Museum, Enugu; & Alliance Francaise, Enugu (November 1-25)
2004 12th Annual Exhibition of the Visual Orchestra, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (June 25-July 2)
2004 Images from Africa, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (May 18-27)
2004 Salt of the Nation: Women and Children in the Society, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (April6-€“12)
2003 Homage to Asele [Exhibition in honour of Prof. Uche Okeke], National Museum, Onikan-Lagos (May 23-31)
2003 Blossoming Flowers [Exhibition of Enugu Artists], Alliance Francaise, Enugu (March 7-12)
2002 Changing Attitudes, [the 4th biennale of The Pan-African Circle of Artists], Nimbus Art Centre; Pendulum Art Gallery; Viv’s Gallery; National Museum; all in Lagos
2002 PACA fund raising exhibition, Pendulum Art Gallery, Lekki, Victoria Island, Lagos (September)
2001 11th Annual exhibition of the Visual Orchestra, Nimbus Art Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos (October)
2001 World of Art exhibition [A Society of Nigerian Artists, Anambra State chapter], Joedone shopping mall, Onitsha, Anambra State (May)
2001 Degree exhibition, Ana Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (March). Footprints, Ana Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (February)
1999 Creative Circle exhibition, Princess Alexandria Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
1998 Drawings II, Ana Gallery, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Exhibitions (international)

2010 A View of Home from Abroad, Stripes Gallery, Schwatz Centre, Emory University, Atlanta
2007 africa south, AVA, Cape Town
2006 Open Studio, Greatmore Studio, Woodstock, Cape Town (September 22-27)
2006 20th Century Nigerian Art exhibition [within the framework of the Dak’Art Biennale], Chiek Ante Diop University, Dakar, Senegal (May-June)
2005 The African Cultures African Colours Exhibition, Fiesta Restaurant, Chester House, Nairobi, Kenya (August 4- September 15)
2005 1st Kuona Trust Public Art and Installation Residency Exhibition, GoDown Arts Centre Gallery, Godown Art Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (July 12-19)
2005 Whoosh Festival Exhibition, KWV House of Brandy, Worcester, South Africa (March 4-6)
2005 Unclaimed Luggage Exhibition, Sala Antonis Palacios, Circulo de Bella Artes, Madrid, Spain (February 3-27)
2004 The Rediscovery of Tradition [?], Jean Welz Gallery, Worcester, South Africa (January 22-March 22)
2004 Thupelo International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Woodstock-Cape Town, South Africa, (November 14)
2004 ARTiade 2004 Olympics of Visual Arts, Tavros-Athens, Greece (August 12-September 25)
2004 Insake International Workshop Exhibition 2004, Henry Tayali Centre, Visual Art Council, Lusaka, Zambia, (May 13-24)
2004 Overcoming Maps 3, PACA Study Tour, Lagos-Porto-Novo-Lome-Ouagadougou-Bamako-Accra (January 8-29)
2002 Crossing Boundaries and Frontiers [Commemorative exhibit of the PACA study Tour 2002], Centre Soleil d’Afrique, Bamako, Mali

Exhibitions & Competitions (as jury member, assistant/curator, and/or organiser)

2004 Member, Organising committee, Pendulum Open Art Competition/Exhibition, organised by Pendulum Art Gallery, Lagos (July 3)
2004 Member, organising team, “Images from Africa”, an exhibition organised for emerging Nigerian artists by Vision Enhancer Ltd, United Kingdom, Alliance Francaise, Enugu (May 18-27)
2004 Organised The Art Republic Peace Poster Competition/Exhibition for Tertiary and Secondary Institutions in Nigeria, (March/July), Alliance Francaise, Enugu and Pendulum 2004 Art Gallery, Lagos. Member, Jury Committee, The Art Republic Peace Poster/Exhibition (February)
2004 Curatorial Assistant, “Homage to Asele exhibition,” National Museum, Onikan, Lagos (May 23-31)
2003 Member, Jury Committee, Pendulum Open Art Competition/Exhibition, November 2004?
2003 Member, Organising Committee, €œHomage to Asele, €œTriumph of Asele€ (Colloquium and Exhibitions) organised by Art in Africa Project (May)


2005 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow on show, Daily Nation (Kenya), July 8, p. 9
2005 Uli exhibition opens at Jean Welz, Standard (South Africa), March 10
2005 Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, Triumph of Asele, The Comet, June 2. P.J. Ezeh Beyond the Popular, Vanguard Newspaper, May 29
2005 A New Beginning, Daily Independent, May 14
2002 Ijeoma Oguachuba, Paca study tour, Thisday Newspaper, December 22
2002 Chuka Nnabuife, Pan African Artists meet… low in crowd, loaded in show, The Guardian, October 29, p.81
2002 Okechukwu Uwaezuoke, A cascade of creativity, The Comet, October 14, p. 35
2001 Chuka Nnabuife, Season of style in Lagos galleries, The Guardian, October 23, p. 71

Publications (as writer)

2007 €œMade in Africa Biennale: Afrika Heritage and the Politics of Representation€, Afrika Heritage: the 6th Biennale of the Pan-African Circle of Artists, May 19-26, 2007

Exhibition catalogue

2005 Enhancing our Image: Sustaining a vision, May 16 – 21, 2005 [Exhibition Catalogue].
2004 Overcoming Maps 3: General Report. (Co-authored with C. Krydz Ikwuemesi and Okey Nwafor) in Ikwuemesi, C. Krydz (ed)
2004 Overcoming Maps 3: Report of the PACA Study Tour of Africa. Enugu: Citadel Books
2004 Contemporary Art in Nigeria: An Atmospheric Survey, (co-authored with Ayo Adewunmi), in C. Krydz Ikwuemesi (ed), Overcoming Maps 3: Report of the PACA Study Tour of Africa. Enugu: Citadel Books

Publications newspapers (as writer)

2005 In Enugu, Fresh orchid for local textile industry, Vanguard, December 1.
2005 Recyclable Art: Exploring a Creative Frontier, The Cicero, Thisday Sunday, May 22, p. 24.
2005 Building an Educational and Cultural Bridge: A Tale of two visits, The Cicero, Thisday Sunday, May 15, p. 24.
2005 When eastern Nigeria met southern France, Artstand, Thisday, April 10, p. 24
2005 The Rediscovery of Tradition: Uli and the challenge of modernity [co-authored with C. Krydz Ikwuemesi], Artstand, Thisday, March 20, p. 24
2005 €œAn Olympic of Visual Art”, The Guardian, March 5, p.19
2004 Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Artiade 2004: Olympics of Visual Arts: A triumph of perseverance, Sunday Vanguard, October 3
2004 The Visual Orchestra Bounces Back in Style, The Guardian, July 6.
2004 Art Workshop in Siavonga, Vanguard, June 10
2003 Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Practicing art in a suffocating Economy: A personal reflection, Vanguard Newspaper, July 10, p. 30
2003 A New Beginning, Thisday, May 18
2003 A New Beginning, Daily Independent, May 14
2003 On French Day, Enugu art comes alive, The Guardian, May 13


2003 Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Reflections on Contemporary Sculpture Processes in Nigerian Schools, 1997-2001: Focus on Nsukka Art School. Unpublished research work.
2001 Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, New Innovation in Sculpture Processes in the Nsukka Art School, 1990-2000: A Case Study. An unpublished thesis for the award of the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Department of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Membership of Associations

The Art Republic
The Pan-African Circle of Artists
The Visual Orchestra
Congress for Cultural Actors in West Africa
International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM)