ABOUT THE ARTIST

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BIO

Ekow Nimako has been making art with LEGO® his entire life. It began when he was four and later took root in the sculpture studios of York University, evolving over the years into a fascinating contemporary art practice unlike any other. Along with his uniquely fluid building style, keen attention to form, and content deeply rooted in other-worldly Black narratives, Nimako’s artwork beautifully transcends the iconic LEGO® bricks to reach new heights of materiality and substance. His 2018 equestrian artwork Cavalier Noir was conceptualized with visionary artist Director X and featured a young Black warrior astride a dauntless black unicorn. The seven foot monument challenged colonial perceptions of identity and heroism and gained national interest as one of the most impactful exhibits of Nuit Blanche. In the fall of 2019, the haunting installation To Feed the Village the Young Must Grow from Nimako's Building Black: Mythos series premiered at the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art Biennale in Berlin, followed by the international group exhibition Brick by Brick, which launches its 2019 - 2022 tour at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in the United Kingdom. Nimako’s medieval Africa inspired series Building Black: Civilizations, which opened at the Aga Khan Museum in Sept 2019, explores the untold narratives of sub-Saharan Africa during the middle ages, with detailed references to architecture, Islam, and  Afrofuturism. Ekow lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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PUBLIC ARTWORKS


2018 - Cavalier Noir, Nuit Blanche, Scarborough Civic Centre/Toronto City Hall

2016 – Grey Matters, The Brain Project/Baycrest Foundation, Union Station |

Yorkdale Shopping Centre

2015 – Silent Knight, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art



EXHIBITIONS


2019 - Building Black: Mythos, 20-21 Visual Art Centre

2019 - To Feed the Village the Young Must Grow, Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary  Art, Urban Nation Biennale

2019 - Building Black: Civilizations, Aga Khan Museum

2019 - Fly High, Brick Campus

2018 - Cavalier Noir, Nuit Blanche, Scarborough Civic Centre/Toronto City Hall

2017 - (Group Exhibition) CreativeTO, Artscape Young Place

2016 - (Group Exhibition) Intergalactic Noise, Art Gallery of Mississauga

2015 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Capacity 3 Gallery

2015 - (Group Exhibition) Black Future Month, Ontario College of Art and Design

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, B.A.N.D Gallery and Cultural Centre

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Impresario Gallery

2014 - (Solo Exhibition) Building Black, Daniels Spectrum


EDUCATION


2007 - 2010 - BFA: Studio, York University


RESIDENCIES/WORKSHOPS


2016 – The Art Gallery of Mississauga - Roots and Branches

2015 - The Power Plant Gallery - Power Youth Residency/Winter

2015 - The Power Plant Gallery - Power Youth Residency/Fall


COMMISSIONS


2018 - Cavalier Noir, City of Toronto, Nuit Blanche 

2018 - Copa, Nemeziz, X, Predator, Tango League, adidas Canada

2016 – Grey Matters, The Brain Project - Baycrest Foundation

2016 – the Bergeron Centre of Engineering Excellence, Lassonde School of

Engineering

2015 - Silent Knight, City of Toronto, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
2014 - Lady Nzinga, Canadian Film Centre, Bold, Black Risk-taker 2014



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