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Ugo Fine Arts

Ugo Agoruah is an Igbo-American artist, raised in Marietta, GA since early childhood. It is here; he started cultivating a love for artistic imagery and aesthetic. Emblazoned with a divine spark to create, and advance his artistic practice, Ugo obtained his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from the Kennesaw State University School of Art & Design. From the Atlanta art scene to neighboring states, and internationally, Ugo has worked to capture and intrigue communities with his beautiful work and his attention to aesthetic & narrative. Using the gift of art as a gateway to higher thinking, understanding, and discovery, Ugo takes inspiration from personal tales, art history, culture, and the classical muse to create work that can be described as transcendental and didactic. His focus ranges from identity, love, emotion, sexuality, and appreciation for life.

 

EDUCATION 

  • 2018

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree, Drawing/Painting.

Kennesaw State University School of Art and Design. Kennesaw, GA. 


AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS 

  • 2021. Fellowship. Lemi Ghariokwu Studios. Lagos, Nigeria

  • 2020. Fellowship. The Markeidric Group. Atlanta, GA. 

    •  Focused studies on the masters, from Caravaggio and Raphael to Monet and Cezanne. Developing evolution of classical painting techniques to modern subjects and concepts. 

  • 2019. 2nd Place award, Vision’s 36th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Kennesaw, GA.

  • 2018. James P. Smith Memorial Art Scholarship, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

  • 2018. Fred D. Bentley Sr. Scholarship (Visual Arts), Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.

EXHIBITIONS / SHOWCASES

2022

  • STILL LIFE Sessions Showcase, Gallery 992, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Opal: A Kaleidoscope of Local Art, Parlor, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • The Aboriginal Museum, Jack Sinclair Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

2021

  • Common Denominator, Jack Sinclair Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • small town : small works, Reeves House Visual Art Center, Woodstock, GA [group]

  • My Experience Art Show, Marietta Makers Market, Marietta, GA [group]

  • Shades of Lagos, Terra Kulture, Lagos, Nigeria [Invitational]

  • Finding Forever, Nimbus Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria [Solo]

  • Finding Forever (encore), Iwalewa Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria [Solo]

  • Truth 2 Power: Art in a Time of Upheaval, Sinclair Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

2020

  • Ugo Fine Arts Pres, Art Nexus: REALM OF VIRTUES, Azjio Gallery, Atlanta, GA [Invitational]

  • Chocolate and Art Show, The B Complex, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Afro Arts, Maker Space, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Black & Proud Art Show, Brightring. The B Complex, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • A Marvelous Black Boy Art Show, 360 Collaborative Space, Atlanta, GA [invitational]

  • Black and Proud Art Show, The Vault, Atlanta, GA [invitational] 

  • Cinco Day March, Murmur, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Scattered Dreams, Jack Sinclair Gallery, Atlanta, GA [juried]


2019

  • End Game, Future Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Art Battle: Live Painting, Westside Cultural Arts Center, Atlanta, GA [juried]

  • Soul Force: The Art of Black Storytelling, The Bakery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Vision’s 36th Annual Student Art Exhibition, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA [juried] 

  • “Lifted” Artists Expo, General Arts Center, Conyers, GA [group]

  • Love Box Collection presents, Art Nexus, The Delowe Loft, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Art Battle Special Event, Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL [invitational]

  • Living the Dream, Kuali Studio Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Arthouse PopUp, ArthouseATL, Atlanta, GA [group] 

  • Pancakes and Booze, Georgia Freight Depot, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • TrapXart Atl 2019, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Holiday RAWk, RAW Artists, City Winery, Nashville, TN [group]

  • The Coldest Arts, Studio Space Atlanta, Atlanta, GA [juried]

  • ADP: The Last Art Show of the Decade, WE Entertain, Atlanta, GA [group]

2018

  • Project Noir: A Black Tie Event, The Defoors Centre, Atlanta, GA [invitational]

  • Senior Capstone Fall 2018, Zuckerman Museum of Art [group] 

  • Toy Party & Silent Auction, Opera, Atlanta, GA [invitational]

  • Connect, RAW Artists, The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Dead Ringer II, Future Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Love Box Collection presents, Vicious Aeon, Art-Hause, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • KSU Spring Arts Festival, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA [group]

2017

  • Red Dot, City of Ink, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • TrapXart 2017, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Pin-up Show, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-GA,) Atlanta, GA. [group]

  • XL:EX art exhibition. Atlanta Metropolitan College, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Bloom: Art show, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Vision’s 34th Annual Student Art Exhibition, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA [juried]

  • Cinco Day Octubre, Artlanta Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Cinco Day Julio, Artlanta Gallery, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Adventure Time Atl, Atlanta Arts Exchange, Atlanta, GA [group]

2016

  • Vision’s 33rd Annual Student Art Exhibition, Kennesaw State, Kennesaw, GA [juried]

  • Castleberry Hill Loft Atlanta, GA [invitational]

  • Tribe 2K16 Art Exhibition Atlanta, GA [invitational]

  • Creativity & The Conceptual, Acworth Cultural Arts Center, Acworth, GA [group]

  • Adventure Time ATL, Atlanta Arts Exchange, Atlanta, GA [group]

  • Pancakes and Booze Atlanta, GA [group]


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (2017-20)

  • Sugacane Syrup Studios (2020-present)


PUBLICATIONS 


PROFESSION-RELATED  EMPLOYMENT
2015 – Present. Freelance visual artist, self-employed.  Responsible for the conceptualization and production of visual art works and the promotion of my art career.   

2017 – Present. Creative Director & Curator. Produce creative events and art related activities for community outreach and artist development.
   - 2018. Love Box Collection Presents, “Viceous Aeon”
   - 2019. Love Box Collection Presents, “Art Nexus”
   - 2020. Ugo Fine Arts Presents, “Art Nexus: Realm of Virtues”

2019 – 2020. Part-time Painting instructor. Blu Rose Art Bistro. Direct group painting sessions.
 
2016 – 18. Illustrator and Creative Consultant for Pace Clinkscales. Responsible for character designs for children’s books, creating illustrations, and overseeing uniform formatting.