Ludovic Nkoth

Ludovic’s work is heavily informed by the events in his life which led him to move, as a young boy of 13 years old, from his native Cameroon to the United States. Leaving his birth-family and siblings, the young man found solace and comfort in the creative process while being raised primarily as a stranger in a strange land. It wasn’t until he migrated to the united states that he began to reconsider his own culture as a catalyst to locate his identity. For Ludovic, who learned to speak English as a teenager in a world completely alien to him, still – at times –  finds himself displaced in his adopted country. In the states, he is viewed as an African, but in Africa, he is viewed American – leaving the passionate young artist in a sort of ambiguous and cyclical displacement of identity. Given the contentious issues of identity, patriotism, Confederate ideologies and racial bias growing in the States at the time of this writing, the paintings and his perspective seem of increasing relevance.

As such, the work presents a complex but highly personal investigation of a very personalised view of Africa; his family history; and the cultures, traditions, and ideas of Africa and its diaspora pre-and post-colonialism. They are approached with a type of naive brusqueness, an immediacy and boldness of colour that suggests both a passion and sense of discovery. African symbols such as masks, patterns, and other sybmols of identity and culture remain consistent throughout. He states that through creation, the works attempt to “regain the things that were taking away from [his] people. Things such as power, culture, the idea of self and the idea of being black and proud.”

Ludovic Nkoth (b. 1994 Cameroon, West Africa) lives and works in New York. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2014 and is currently completing his MFA at Hunter College, New York City.  Selected exhibitions include ‘Parallels and Peripheries’, Visarts, Rockville, Maryland (2019); ‘Family Portrait’, Hunter College, NYC (2019); ‘Roots’, Spartanburg, South Carolina (2018) and ‘Altered Realism’, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, North Carolina (2017). His works can be found in the collections of the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg Public Library and Carmelo Anthony Collection. Nkoth will feature, along with Milo Matthieu and other artists at the inaugural Future Fair this May at Canoe Studios, New York City with BEERS London.

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