Elena Njoabuzia Onwochei-Garcia
Elena Njoabuzia Onwochei-Garcia lives and works in-between Venice and the North of England. Working in the medium of painting, her work centres around interrogating ideas of race. Informing and driving her work is her own experience of being a mixed-race woman (Spanish, German and Nigerian). She utilises historic narratives and compositional mechanisms as a means to comment on the contemporary experience of “ethnic duality”. Currently engaging with seventeenth century compositional formulas, Elena Onwochei-Garcia creates a body of images reflecting and connecting past and present. Her artworks are informed by her academic background in History, Art History and Philosophy at Durham University (UK) and La Sapienza (Italy). Elena Onwochei-Garcia was mentored by the figurative artist Luca Morelli at the Academy of Figurative Art, Arts in Rome. She has worked as an artist in various forms and contexts: participated in international exhibitions as well as private commission such as designing installations for the Just So Festival (UK) and creating campaign visuals for various non profit organisations. Earlier this year, Elena started an online residency, Sottovuoto, focusing her work on personal internal discourses during the time of isolation.