Derek Mawudoku was born in London in 1959 and graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1987 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
Since 1985 he has shown at a number of venues including the Morley Gallery, London; Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London; Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Edition -100 Years of British Printmaking, SW1 Gallery, London; The London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts; the New York Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory; Adjustments & Errors, a group exhibition held at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa, following his residency at their Studios in 2006.
His work has been acquired by The British Museum and is in a number of private collections in the UK and USA.
‘His powerfully expressive works are drawn directly from his own life experience. As has been written, he…depicts the world as he finds it, without elevating authorial presence, enhancing or exaggerating the drama of his subject. The imagery is always raw and uncompromising. Often it is heavy with psychological affect…fear…joy…pain…Sometimes it is child-like, giddy, funny; sometimes angry. Always it is intensely human’ – Jon Thompson, Introduction to Feed Me: The Monotypes of Derek Mawudoku.