Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu Nigeria, b. 1995


Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu is an experimental artist and graphic designer based in lagos, nigeria.

Yadichinma works with a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, film and digital media. Influenced broadly by a mix of artistic movements, Yadichinma uses research and documentation of everyday life to instruct her work, resulting in exploratory experiences taking place in real and imagined spaces. She studies lines and forms to question the world and navigate the experience of discovery, ultimately inspired by the theme of change.


Yadichinma's drawings prioritise the spontaneity of the present. In her journals, Ukoha-Kalu makes instinctive marks that produce geometric forms. As a continuous exercise, these drawings document a specific moment, and in that sense is a deeply personal activity. While beginning with an initial impulse and a stream of consciousness, the sketches eventually come to life on their own. Her sketches point to a fundamental aspect of art making and the tactile act of production. Yadichinma expains, "Through actively working out these processes, I am reaching for something I don’t quite have the entire picture of, but is continually manifesting.”


In 2020, Yadichinma participated as ko's nominee for the Artist Residency Programme of Art Dubai. Her residency project will be presented in her solo exhibition at kò in November 2020, titled Saffron in the Desert.


"I am interested in rediscovering material and process using both deconstructive and
reconstructive mechanisms to engage with my experience of environments and the objects/subjects contained in it. These processes and material often crossing into each other, birth a new hybrid which is not an end in itself, but new ways of seeing, a tool and a process."


- Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu's first solo exhibition, BIG 60, Crossing borders, took place at A Whitespace Creative Agency in Lagos in 2013. In 2017, Stevenson Cape Town presented A painting today, her maiden group show in South Africa.


Group exhibitions include Artyrama Pop Up Show in Lagos (2017); Prizm Art Fair, Miami (2017); Intense Art Magazine Launch at Alara Lagos (2017); Art X Lagos, Stevenson Gallery booth (2017); Mckinsey meets Art, Mckinsey Lagos (2017); Opening Shadows at WAFFLESNCREAM Lagos (2017); EHN, Art X Lagos (2016); Philosopher’s Muse, Lagos (2016); The Young Contemporaries at Rele Gallery in Lagos (2016), and Woman In Bloom, Freedom Park Lagos in 2015. Yadi was nominated for the Orisha Prize, Gallerie Appartment, Paris (2017) and the Swiss Vontobel (A New Gaze) Photography Prize (2018).

In 2020, she participated in the Art Dubai Residency Programme.

Art Fairs