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An Interview with Francis Makuka Uduh

By Patricia Zannie (3/1/2023)

Patricia Zannie Gallery 209 Artist

Francis Maduka Uduh, both a nationally and internationally known Nigerian artist, currently lives in America and is a member of Gallery 209.

He’s a multi-media artist creating mosaic murals, bead paintings, and sculptures in wood, clay and metal, including cold cast bronze.

He believes “home” is where the heart is at peace. Thirty years ago, this was Nigeria, where he was inspired by his environment, creating pieces influenced by the culture, the landscape and the socio-economic uncertainties of his Country. Today begins a new chapter in his life in America.

He continues to interpret his immediate physical and metaphysical environs into sculptural natural and abstract forms. He captures realism with innovative key factors which converge natural and elongated, concave complexity, which provide archetypal features. He exploits the impact of volume vs. void.

Uduh has comprehensive training from the prestigious art institutions of Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. He has numerous private and public commissions, and his sculptural works are acquired by both national and international auction houses.

Uduh has participated in various group, and solo art exhibitions and art auctions in Nigeria, Europe, and America. While participating in auctions and exhibits he has executed numerous art commissions in Nigeria, including both mosaic murals and sculptures. He is a member of both the Society of Nigerian Artists and Universal Studios of Art.


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