Artist bio

I was born into the human world at the stroke of midnight, Sunday morning, July 18th 1982. I began expressing artistic tendencies at age three using twigs and broomsticks to draw endless patterns all over my Grandma’s backyard. I studied art in the Fine and Applied Arts Department of the University of Benin, graduating as a painting major in 2005. After a stint in creative advertising, I decided to focus on my art practice. I currently live in Canada with my family. In my practice, I draw, paint, and create sculptural works using a variety of materials including wood, ink, paper, plastic, beads, and metal. Through these pieces, I explore themes of frailty, time (how we perceive it), and immigration; for the latter, I am particularly interested in how travel and transplantation affect the human condition. Having been previously educated in classical European figurative painting, my latest works over the years depart from this realism-centric training and towards a more personalized narrative – one that allows me the freedom to choose from a broader pool of aesthetic systems. I explore the sculptural possibilities of painting in my “Time Doors” series, in which audience members are invited to physically manipulate certain parts of the work (for example, keys in keyholes). To me these pieces function as portals of my own life, inspired by many encounters with indecision and internal confusion that plagued the earlier stages of my artistic journey. The doors reveal an internal landscape, alluding to the many opportunities that we confront at every moment, as well as the interconnectedness of our choices. I also make work in response to pressing issues of my home country, Nigeria, including immigrants’ lives and dignity, violence against innocent migrants, and the challenges of diaspora. One such series, “Displaced Baggage,” is centered around telling stories — both personal and witnessed — of the tensions inherent in seeking location while experiencing dislocation. In West Africa of 1983, nylon tote bags gained visual notoriety as well as the nickname of “Ghana Must Go” due to the abrupt ejection of over two million immigrants, mostly Ghanians, from Nigeria. It was in these nylon bags, brightly patterned in plaid, that the immigrants used to gather what little belongings they could and then flee. I make direct visual references to this pattern, using the intersecting colours and lines of the plaid to reflect the many overlapping quandaries, constant journeys, and difficult decisions that face Nigerian immigrants. Their lives are very much like the lines that form the patterns on these ubiquitous bags, a symbol of the uprooted — willingly or otherwise — and of those in search of a better life. In many ways I see myself as an immigrant, escaping the restrictions and trappings of old habits and situations, and in search of new possibilities. Underpinning all of my work is a desire to expose sensitivities connected with community, migration, and reclamation of identity.


If you want peace, prepare for war - "Si vis pacem para bellum"


Digital Art

Artist Statement

I love creating art in response to pressing issues facing human society.

Spurred by the events of the past 6 months; in particular, the COVID 19 pandemic and the worldwide protest sparked by the death of George Floyd, I decided to express the emotions swirling about my head through art.

In this situation I drew inspiration from bible verses that came to mind, the natural world, reveries, and memories.

As common in my art practice, I started creating the artwork by drawing the images in my mind on paper using ink and pen.

This dialogue with ink, pen and paper took weeks as I battled to resolve the emotions and images in my mind. I then added other elements through digital illustration and painting using a graphic tablet.

The artwork continues my exploration of artistic narratives that give me the freedom to choose from a broader pool of aesthetic systems.

My latest works over the years depart from the realism-centric training from my previous education in classical European figurative painting, towards a more personalized narrative.

How it fits into contest

In creating this art, I drew inspiration from the bible verse “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLV)

If a country desires peace, it must have an army, armed and prepared, to protect its citizens from those who desire to overtake it. In order to keep their country secure and safe, soldiers rigorously train for battles they may never face. But what happens to a country when its army is ill-equipped, poorly trained, and undisciplined? It is left vulnerable to attack. In order for peace to be achieved a country has to be ready for war in every way.

As followers of Christ, we are in a war, but how seriously do we prepare and stay vigilant?

We have an enemy, Satan, who hungers for our souls and preys on our weaknesses. He seems to find all the places that we are vulnerable to or ill-equipped. One of his best tactics is to get Christians to think they are at peace, when the truth is, they are at war. That way he can catch them unprepared and untrained for battle.

We need to be prepared for battle. We cannot let down our guard; we must be strong and alert! But what does that look like in our life as a follower of Christ? We need to learn God’s Word and be ready to use it. Jesus used Scripture in defeating Satan when he was tempted. We must do more than just read it; we need to apply it to our lives. God’s Word must become an integral part of our everyday life!

In that light, it is our responsibility to defend the rights of the most vulnerable members of our society and to stand up to the actions of systemic evils.

In the wake of the events of the past 6 months; in particular, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, and the numerous deaths and abuse of people of color by systemic racism, It is time to apply the word of God without fear and stand against this great evil together.

Hence, my choice to represent the ills of systematic racisms and white supremacy as an embattled "ant" besieged by a multitude of diverse people with a common goal.

The multitude of diverse people overwhelming the "ant" represents the power of the word of God and the effectiveness of righteous action and unity.


Aimua-emwonsa Ogboghodor

How to Purchase this Artwork

It is an original work and available for purchase in framed prints in various sizes.

Pricing range from $222 - $1111

Contact this number for more details on how to get a print of your own.
+1 647 834 7844

Other Goods & Services Available from this Artist

I am available for direct commissions and workshops.

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