Featured Artist: Monica Ikegwu

Monica Ikegwu

Monica Ikegwu (b.1998) is a Baltimore based artist. She is a figure painter with a focus directed towards black portraiture. With her work she aims to give people a platform to display themselves in the way that they truly are without any limitations. She earned her BFA in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s undergraduate program and she is currently enrolled at the New York Academy of Art, where she continues her MFA studies in painting.

Artist’s Statement

The main purpose of my work is to focus on the perception of individual people. Perception, meaning the way that we view others, and the ways in which individuals would like to appear as. I want my work to highlight the different attitudes of black people and point out timely trends that people follow in terms of their appearance. When people observe the work, I want them to try and figure out who the person is. Not only that, but for others to recognize that people can reveal themselves through their outward appearances and that their identity can sometimes exist there. I aim to produce work that is a culmination of people, not as subjects to paint, but as people with their own sense of self.