Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dreams That Money Can Buy: An Interview with Kelechi Nwaneri

By Paul Laster
Kelechi Nwaneri, The Kiss, 2020.

Working in an inventive, personal style that he boldly calls contemporary surrealism, Nigerian artist Kelechi Nwaneri creates beautifully bizarre imagery of fictional figures in landscapes, which are half-real and half-imagined. Making use of indigenous West African iconography, which he marvelously mixes with psychological scenarios straight out of the history of European modern art, Nwaneri constructs colorful, new, dreamlike narratives that magically catch and hold viewers’ minds and eyes. With his first solo show presently on view at the South African gallery Ebony/Curated, and future one-person exhibitions planned for Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery in London and AKKA Project. [More

Kelechi Nwaneri, Alone, 2017.