'As a Nigerian artist, my artistic practice focuses on social injustice in my country in order to give a voice to the unheard. My artwork exposes problems plaguing Nigerian society, from poor leadership and government corruption to violence, theft, election rigging and human trafficking. I see art as a tool to raise pertinent issues in the public discourse, in order to begin the cycle that will incite social change.' 

Bob-Nosa Uwagboe

Bob-Nosa Uwagboe was born in 1974 in the ancient city of Benin kingdom, rich in cultural and artistic heritage. Edo state. Nigeria. He received his professional education at the famous colorist school, Auchi Polytechnic Auchi. Edo state where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (H.N.D) in 2004 and specialized in painting.

Bob-Nosa as he is fondly called, retired immediately to full-time studio practice after his one year mandatory service to the nation as a member of the national youth service corp (NYSC) at Abuja. After a brief stay in Abuja, he relocated to Lagos to set up The Protest Art Studio to explore his creative energy into an experimental path that has resulted into thought provoking themes and often times spark of anger, pain, passion and vision that are not often defined by the subject matters and defy the border usually set by artistic canons. He evokes emotion with his art in which he employs diverse materials seemingly unconnected at first, he often succeed in challenging the audience to deeper engagement with his work from which there are varied interpretation and reflection mostly concerned with issues of falsehood, deception, bad leadership and reaching to the unreached.

The poor leadership in Africa and high level of inhumanity practices among men that has become the norm is his primary interest in art. Which he interprets with my art either offensively or defensively. His art is a puzzle, magical and consuming to my viewers. His creative process is a moment of calmness, anger, pain, passion, therapeutic and evoking emotion in which he employs diverse materials such as  my used fabric, my hair, sand, papers, sack, rope, acrylic, spray paint, crayon, charcoal, oil paint on canvas or board and this process is a moment of total surrender, it will power and opening up his soul as a channel where good ideas pass through and the result is of human significance and with global validity. He does not pre-destine his art process, these might circumscribe his creative effort and jeopardize creativity.

Bob-Nosa Uwagboe shocked the art public in 2009 in his show “Recent works by bob-nosa” held at the pan African university in Lagos with originality and strength of his voice. Bob-nosa arts can be found in many respectable public and private collections both in Nigeria and Aboard and have shown in different important exhibition worldwide. He is married to Bawo-Okoro Uwagboe and blessed with a son (osarenkhoe). He currently lives and work in Lagos