Monica Ikegwu’s work is structured upon the portraiture and depiction of African Americans. She displays figures rendered in the three dimension while accompanied with two dimensional design elements. Her work brings to focus issues and subtleties that she notices in the black community as well as her personal life. Living in Baltimore and the way that she experiences it plays a big role in the ideas that she develops for the work. Taking feelings and aspects from her surroundings, she presents them in a way that is not only captivating but also unconventional. The figures presented in her work are often times her siblings and family from whom she draws most of her inspiration from as she watches them progress through life.
Monica Ikegwu is a 20 year old figure painter born and raised in Baltimore. Ikegwu uses her work as a platform to bring about the occurrences that go unnoticed to the public as well as a means of sharing thoughts on certain subject matter. Most recently, Monica won First Place in the 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize, a new juried art contest and traveling art exhibition of 40 two-dimensional figurative works (paintings, drawings and original prints). She has been awarded as a Young Arts Finalist (2017), a Gold medal winner in the NAACP ACT-SO National competition (2016), and as a Scholastic silver medal portfolio winner (2016).
Her work was recently displayed and exhibited at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum as well as at Ida B’s Table in a joint show early in 2018. She now attends and studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).