May 19, 2021

Monica Ikegwu

Monica Ikegwu

Monica Ikegwu is a Baltimore based artist. She is a figure painter with a focus directed
towards African American portraiture. With her work she aims to give people a platform to
display themselves in the way that they truly are without any limitations.


Monica Ikegwu is a Baltimore based artist. She is a figure painter with a focus directedtowards African American portraiture. With her work she aims to give people a platform todisplay themselves in the way that they truly are without any limitations. She wants people to beseen and to create their own image of themselves. She presents her ideas of the figure in a waythat is not only captivating, but also unconventional in her use of color, the rendering of texture,and compositional thinking. The ideas for her work stem from her surroundings, experiences,and encounters with people. The figures presented in her work are oftentimes her siblings andfamily from whom she draws most of her inspiration from as she watches them progress throughlife.

She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant (2020), has beenawarded as a first place winner in the AXAArt prize (2018), a YoungArts Finalist (2017), a Goldmedal winner in the NAACP ACT-SO National competition (2016), and as a Scholastic silvermedal portfolio winner (2016). Her work was recently displayed and exhibited at CFHILL inStockholm, Sweden for the Black Voices - Black Microcosm show.She earned her BFA in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s undergraduateprogram. She is currently enrolled at the New York Academy of Art, where she continues herMFA studies in painting.

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