Rising Stars: Iníobong Usoro


Iniobong Usoro is a self-taught artist from southern Nigeria. He is a conceptual artist expressing his ideas through paint on canvas. Growing up in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, he has been inspired by his environment and nature since his first artwork at a very young age. The artist studied Architecture at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. However, he practices art full-time and finds a way to infuse ideas from architecture into his creative practice. As a visual artist, he expresses his ideas through acrylic, oil paints, and charcoal pencils. He has been deeply inspired by people’s personalities and their experiences. Working together with colleagues, he is building a brand for his art and constantly investing in the business of art through exhibitions and partnerships with other talented artists


Using three-dimensional shapes to create figures and stories is something we don’t see regularly. The artist Ini Usoro, whose foundation in architecture has excited him to create art in a similar format. He has been working for two years as a full-time artist, creating bodies of artwork for exhibitions, and commissions. Several times, he has hosted his events as a means to reach as many art lovers physically as possible. He creates figurative art and abstract portraiture but recently developed this style that has the ability to tell stories unique to the artist. “I’ve always loved the idea of creating art from imagination, from composition to colors. I began studying figure drawings and human anatomy when I got inspired to use simple three dimensional geometry to create stories as the human anatomy is basically complex 3D shapes.” Using acrylic and oil paints on stretched canvas to create fine blends in captivating colors, the geometric figurative style is becoming a huge part of the artist’s creative output.

The Disconnected II, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 37″ x 37″

The Disconnected I, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 37″ x 37″

This is a Love Story, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 37″ x 37″

Self Portrait, 2022
Acrylic on Canvas, 32″ x 39″

For more information about the artist, please visit:

Instagram: @iniobongusoro_

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