b. 1983, Kwara, Nigeria
Lives and work in Lagos.
Uthman O. Wahaab is a contemporary artist whose primary medium is painting. He works with large canvases using thick applications of color and materials like Indian paper, tissue, fabric—creating surfaces that are multi-dimensional and highly textured. Although he was trained in traditional methods of painting and rendering the human figure, he is foremost concerned with developing a new visual language that consciously rejects traditional forms of depiction. The content of his work currently focuses on representing obese women as he is interested in how visual culture relates to social differences, particularly within the context of Nigeria.
Wahaab studied painting in the School of art, design and printing at Yaba College of technology in Lagos. One of his painting was sold at the Terra Culture Art Auction Lagos Nigeria in 2011. He has participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops both in and outside of Nigeria, including kumba art Museum, del paso road, Sacramento, California. Miss Africa California beauty pageant, (Califonia USA),The Henbuog Art and Music Salon Exhibition Sheraton Hotel and Resorts, Lagos Nigeria, Our Impression, Kalakriti group, Lalit kala Academy Mumbai India, Within our Grasp National exhibition National museum Onikan Lagos, Abode of Creativity National Art Theatre Lagos, West Africa Polytechnics game art fair Yusuf Grillo Art Gallery Yaba-tech Lagos, Beautiful Nigeria thought pyramid Wuse II Abuja, Life in may city semi-final exhibition Alliance Franchise Ibadan, African day salon exhibition, UBA Bank plc. Marina Lagos. The Global Critic Clinic residence program, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos 2011. Dancing with the Masters with Olu Amoda Lagos 2010 (workshop). The Nokia expression photography project Lagos 2007. Environmental sustainability (poetry & illustration) German cultural centre Lagos 2007. Lagos opening Goriola Street Ajegunle Apapa, Lagos German cultural centre 2006. Plein Air painting & drawing workshop with atelier group Lagos 2006.