Chuma Anagbado is a Nigerian-born multidisciplinary Artist & Designer. He studied Fine & Applied Arts (Sculpture Majors) at the University of Benin, graduating in 2005. In 2013, he completed a masters degree in Design from the University of Creative Arts, Rochester, UK with distinction honours.
In 2021, after 16 years in professional design practice, co-founding Aziza Design in 2014 and Mbari Uno in 2018. Chuma began full-time studio practice, creating ‘phygital’ art using technology. Fostering an identity, his themes are derived from the material & non-material aspects of Igbo culture – past & present. Ranging from wall mount to monumental dimensions, his works reimagines the age-long Igbo carved doors & ‘Uli‘ line aesthetic in patterns, fused with the body, in a spiritual performance between the abstract & figurative. Visually striking, his works are results of artistic experiments, creating at the intersection of physical and digital existence.
He emerged as a winner of ‘Africa Here‘, an accelerator program for African-born digital artists by Makersplace in 2022, leading to a showcase at the Scope Art Show, Miami. In 2023, was the lead artist for ‘Tracing the Wild’, a dynamic data-driven art project, illustrating lions’ patterns of territorial movement and conflict with humans, to represent & conserve the predator ecosystem in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region.
He continually participates in boundary pushing residencies and engages in collaborative projects. He has exhibited in Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Botswana, India, Canada, UK and USA. His body of work on Igbo Masquerading is in permanent showcase and collection of the Centre for Memories (CFM), Enugu, Nigeria.
Chuma is the founder & designer at Lizaad Studio, an atelier workshop where he designs beautiful objects and spaces.