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Suya Goes to Space, Hogwarts and Other Unlikely Places (by Emmanuel Nwogbo)

The Suya Man on the Moon, January 27, 2019 | Apollo 11 claimed to have encountered a suya man on the moon at the initial moon landing in 1969.
The Suya Man Underwater The Suya Man Underwater, Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, February 04, 2019 The suya man also caters to SpongeBob, Atlantis, deep sea divers, mami watas and other underwater creatures.
The Suya Man Underwater February 04, 2019 | The suya man also caters to SpongeBob, Atlantis, deep sea divers, mami watas and other underwater creatures.
The Suya Man in the North Pole, February 11, 2019 | Even in blizzards on the north pole, the suya man is ready for business. One might ask who is the real suya here? the suya man? the polar bear or the obvious suya meat?
The Suya Man at Hogwarts, February 21, 2019 | Ron Weasley sneaks out for some late snacks.
The Suya Man in the Wild Wild West The Suya Man in the Wild Wild West Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, March 01, 2019 A game cowboys and suya men?
The Suya Man in the Wild Wild West March 01, 2019 | Cowboys and suya men?
The Suya Man in Ancient Rome The Suya Man in Ancient Rome, Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, March 08, 2019 The time-traveling suya man sets up shop in an ancient Roman market.
The Suya Man in Ancient Rome, March 08, 2019 | The time-traveling suya man sets up shop in an ancient Roman market.
The Suya Man in the Jungle The Suya Man in the Jungle, Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, April 01, 2019 The master of disguise? the suya man makes a quick stop in a jungle probably somewhere in southern Africa.
The Suya Man in the Jungle | The master of disguise? the suya man makes a quick stop in a jungle probably somewhere in southern Africa.
The Suya Man at the Pearly Gates The Suya Man at the Pearly Gates, Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, April 19, 2019 Good Friday Edition: The suya man also happens to be an Angel at the pearly gates. Food for thought, why are depictions of heavenly angels rarely black?
The Suya Man at the Pearly Gates | Good Friday Edition: The suya man also happens to be an Angel at the pearly gates. Food for thought, why are depictions of heavenly angels rarely black?
The Suya Man in a Post-Apocalyptic World The Suya Man in a Post-Apocalyptic World, Digital and Print, 8 x 10in, May 08, 2019 The year is 2094, AI-powered robots have finally taken over the world but they kept the suya man around for obvious reasons.
The Suya Man in a Post-Apocalyptic World, May 08, 2019 | The year is 2094, AI-powered robots have finally taken over the world but they kept the suya man around for obvious reasons.

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Emmanuel Nwogbo likes to put the “Emmanuel spin” on simple and fun ideas.

If you go through his Instagram page, you’ll find his imagination cinematic and refreshing. He explains his creative process, “I like to keep my ideas as simple as possible. I find that very simple ideas allow me a lot of room to challenge my creativity. The challenge is always; how do I turn a simple idea into something more? I don’t try to reinvent the wheel.”

He recently discovered the Surrealism Movement and he says this has greatly influenced his imagination as well as design sensibilities. “Sometime last year I stumbled upon a hilariously clever project by Reddit user ‘Guy Madja’. He photoshopped himself into all of the 2017 Oscar ‘Best Picture nominees’ movie posters. I liked the idea of one character appearing in different scenarios.” It is on this idea that he created the Suya man series.

“I simply take the picture of the suya man I found on Wikipedia, remove the background and build a new world around him.”

“Suya meat is my second favorite food item only behind fried plantain. I haven’t had homemade suya in about five years, so naturally, I decided to have a little fun with my pain. Using the stereotype that suya is sold any and everywhere in Nigeria, I figured it would be fun to place the same suya man in the most hilarious and unnatural places I can think of. Suya on the moon, suya at the pearly gates, suya underwater, suya at Hogwarts, and so on.”

Emmanuel would like to explore various motion media such as animations and moving images. He considers motion “to be a very critical storytelling vehicle, it helps convey emotions and feelings that still images cannot.”

He gives us an idea of what to expect from him in the future when he says motion media “would probably be the next step in my evolution as a visual artist/visual storyteller.”

About Emmanuel

Emmanuel Nwogbo is a Nigerian-born visual artist who now resides in Halifax. Having grown up in the hustling and bustling city of Lagos, his colourful artworks pay homage to his motherland. His work is largely informed by interests in 20th Century art movements such as Pop Art, Surrealism, and Dada. Metaphors, ironies, and other figures of speech also play a huge role in his story making process. His lifelong interest in art and culture led him to an academic pursuit in Visual Art and Visual Communication Design, and later a master’s degree at NSCAD University, Halifax. In 2018, he embarked on a year-long daily art and design project which saw him create one piece of art that paid homage to a different James Bond movie character every day.

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