Bob- Nosa Uwagobe/ interview by black dog bone

Bob- Nosa Uwagobe/ interview by black dog bone

do you think art is giving expression to our feeling. or what is art to you?

Art is the highest form of human expression Even in a decaying society like ours(Nigeria).Art in my opinion can serve as a defensive or offensive weapon which can be employ to fight social injustice in a given environment.


My art is brutal, real bloody; they have a violent under tone and must be disturbing because art is a reflection of one inner self. I am bitter with the ruling class but I choice to channel my anger constructively and artistically. My art provides a portable visual record of observation of the poor leadership in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

when I see your art I feel like the art is coming from a person that has a deep understanding of what is really going on.

I will describe Africa as a war front zone and am the captain of the people force as regards using my art as a voice of the people against the backdrop of social injustice, poor leadership in my continent.

your paintings look different from a lot of other painters. specially your drawings. there really heartfelt. full of sorrow and grief, also anger. your art looks like children art. it has that innocent , that pure feel, very natural.

True art have to be heartfelt, shocking, engaging, simple, expressive, content driven, beautiful, radical, provocative to be able to accomplish its desire result.


I will describe Africa as a war front zone and am the captain of the people force as regards using my art as a voice of the people against the backdrop of social injustice, poor leadership in my continent.

I have a lot of respect for the children so I tap into the kindred spirit in the process of creating my Art. Simplicity is key to a true life experience and the children have it.

in your the images you have are real raw, has very natural feel. very earthy, it has this real third world feel. real primal, has a feel of Australian aboriginal paintings, or cave art, its wonderful. where does it all come from.

The hunger for individuality vis-à-vis professional choice inspired my unique voice against the backdrop of poor leadership which is my area of attack and I use the satire figure to expose hidden reality.


True art have to be heartfelt, shocking, engaging, simple, expressive, content driven, beautiful, radical, provocative to be able to accomplish its desire result.

and some of the art you makes brutal, real bloody, they have a violent feel, very disturbing.

My art is brutal, real bloody; they have a violent under tone and must be disturbing because art is a reflection of one inner self. I am bitter with the ruling class but I choice to channel my anger constructively and artistically. My art provides a portable visual record of observation of the poor leadership in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

people feel like its negative when they hear words like darkness or gloomy or sad. what do you feel about words like that.

Yes! People don’t want to hear these negative vibes (darkness, gloomy, sad) my art is a visual sermon, a sincere narrative of our time. These so called negative vibes are part of human experiences. They serve as a bridge to one final resting place; it brings you to a faithful encounter with the positive vibe to liberate oneself.


I have a lot of respect for the children so I tap into the kindred spirit in the process of creating my Art. Simplicity is key to a true life experience and the children have it.

when you see what’s going on, do you get this feeling that you keep calm, that you need to do something about it.

For protest art to exist, I must see myself as being in a position to make change even where I have to put my life on line for the common man.

sometimes don't you feel like alone in it. that your the only one that is feeling that way. I mean you just wonder can't people see, the destruction, the was that’s going n all around us.

I don’t feel alone because I am standing for the truth.


Yes! People don’t want to hear these negative vibes (darkness, gloomy, sad) my art is a visual sermon, a sincere narrative of our time. These so called negative vibes are part of human experiences. They serve as a bridge to one final resting place; it brings you to a faithful encounter with the positive vibe to liberate oneself.

your from Nigeria? what part of Nigeria are you from.

I am a Nigerian from Edo State in the Niger Delta Region.

what is your saddest and happiest experience in your life?

My saddest experience in life was when I lost my parent within 3months, May there soul continue to rest in peace. I lost my mum to cancer in October 2014 and my dad to heart disease in January 2015.

While my happiest experience was my encounter with Catherine Pittet of Gondwana art in Cameroon, an art promoter in 2009.

like around what age did you start to draw?

I started drawing from childhood and I have over 60 exhibitions to my credit. I never chose to be an artist, Art chose me.

do you like to read? What is the books you like most?

I love to read autobiography of great creative people.

do you like music? what music do you like?

I love music so much because good music deals with the body and soul same with good art. I am a lover of reggae music.

Bob- Nosa Uwagobe

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