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Retro Africa and Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery Unite for ‘Fragments of Reality’ Exhibition

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Retro Africa enthusiastically announces its exciting collaboration with the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, offering a thrilling opportunity for art enthusiasts. In addition, Dolly Kola-Balogun joins hands with the gallery to co-curate the exhibition titled ‘Fragments of Reality.’ This exhibition will showcase the remarkable works of the talented artist Ken Nwadiogbu.

This captivating exhibition is slated to open on Saturday, October 7th. It will offer a unique blend of hyperrealism and contemporary art elements. Ken Nwadiogbu, born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1994, is the artist behind these striking creations.

Wish you were here, 2023- Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994, Lagos, Nigeria). Image courtesy of Instagram

Nwadiogbu’s art delves into identity, displacement, and socio-political control themes. His work invites viewers to question their perspectives and consider the intrinsic value of art. Currently pursuing his MA at The Royal Academy of Fine Art in London, Nwadiogbu has made significant waves in art.

His previous exhibitions, such as ‘The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’ in London (2023), ‘We are Enough’ at the 193 Gallery in Paris (2023), and ‘A Different Perspective’ at Retro Africa Gallery in Abuja, Nigeria (2022), have garnered acclaim and attention.

Nwadiogbu’s work challenges the audience to explore complex narratives within his art. His work blends politically charged visual illusions with contemporary themes. Moreover, his unique perspective encourages viewers to reflect on their beliefs, inviting them to see beyond the surface.

Nwadiogbu’s accolades include receiving the Future Award Africa, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the Nigerian arts community. Additionally, his work caught the attention of prominent brands and organizations, such as Macmillan Publishers, Martell, OPPO, and Top Boy/Netflix.

Stefan – Ken Nwadiogbu (b. 1994, Lagos, Nigeria). Portrait of A Top Boy curated by Ronan Mckenzie. Image courtesy of Instagram.

The collaboration between Retro Africa and the Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery promises to deliver a thought-provoking experience for art enthusiasts. ‘Fragments of Reality’ is a journey into the depths of contemporary art, guided by the visionaries Dolly Kola-Balogun and Ken Nwadiogbu.

As the exhibition date approaches, art lovers and cultural enthusiasts can look forward to immersing themselves in a world where hyperrealism and contemporary themes converge to create a truly transformative experience. Don’t miss this remarkable ‘Fragments of Reality’ showcase at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London Bridge. Click here to discover where art and perspective converge to redefine the boundaries of creativity.


Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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