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Meet Ugo Agoruah of Love Box Collection in Metro Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ugo Agoruah.

Ugo, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story as an artist has been a story of reflection, transition, and reevaluation. Though I’ve been drawing for almost as long as I can remember, I didn’t realize its importance until the end of 2015. I was a biology major at Kennesaw State University and I had to take some time away to gather myself. I planned to reassess what it was that I wanted to do with my life and look for signs that I was going in the right direction. It was difficult, and instead of really giving myself the time that I needed, I started to overwork myself, filling any extra time I could picking up shifts and working doubles. It wasn’t long before it caught up to me and I spiraled into a depression catalyzed by my existential crisis. When I allowed myself to take a step back, I took a look in the mirror and proceeded to create what I saw looking back. It was a broken me, seemingly emptied, lacking real substance. It’s then that really started to come to terms with what I thought of myself and decided that it wasn’t what I wanted for myself anymore.

I returned to school in the following months and the piece I created was later accepted into KSU’s Vision Exhibition, marking my first juried art exhibition. Since then I’ve continued to use my art as a way to assess my headspace, allowing it to teach me more about myself and become an aide in my development as a person and an artist.

Looking back, I can see the role that my creations had in building my confidence.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I can’t say that it has been the smoothest road, but I have been determined to stick with it. I allow the affirmations that I get in experiences act as markers that I am going down the right road. I struggled with the idea of even being able to call myself an artist for the first year or so, doubting myself and comparing my creativity to others. Luckily, that didn’t last too long after I delved into my own work, becoming enamored in my Cloud Gazing series, letting my emotions flow into my work and blend with my love of color and aesthetic.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Love Box Collection – what should we know?
Currently, I am the Creative Director of the Love Box Collection, an Atlanta-based home for independent artist. We are a platform for artist in various media to come together to build off of one another as well showcase their talents. I am currently curating a show called Synesthesia set to take place in June. It’s going to be an event that is meant engage and titillate of all the senses of its the audience.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Support from my family and friends has been indispensable. From advice to an extra push, or even just sharing my work. I couldn’t appreciate them more. My professors at KSU have also had a heavy hand in influencing me by exposing me to new art. It was my introduction to high renaissance paintings by my first painting professor that built my interest and led my eventual transition into oil painting mediums from my first love, markers (which was inspired by watching artist such as Paper Frank, Markus Prime, & Adahn and Ian West on Instagram).

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1 Comment

  1. Sully

    April 4, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Well deserved 🔥

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