Ludovic Nkoth gazing towards the camera with one of his paintings behind him

Ludovic Nkoth

History, power and identity redressed in painted portraits of defiance and distortion.

“The first thing I want the viewers to take from the work is the beauty of the Black skin and the things this skin stands for.”

Ludovic Nkoth blurs figuration and abstraction in expressive tributes to history, family and friends. Acrylic paint is his material of choice, attracted to its fast-drying quality which enables brisk, rhythmic brushstrokes inspired by music - which he always listens to in the studio. He also layers fabric and sand onto canvas, along with fluid washes of pigment. References to artists from the Harl...

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Ludovic Nkoth was born in 1994 in Cameroon, and now lives and works in New York, USA.


In 2020, the artist made his Art Basel debut with painting Blood on the Leaves - presented by renowned Los Angeles gallery François Ghebaly.

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Prompted by his own turbulent experience of moving to America as a child, Nkoth spent several months living and practicing in Spain in 2021, so as to better understand the lives of immigrants arriving to Europe from Africa. From this period emerged a series of paintings titled You Sea Us.

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