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Deaf Art Collections: Allumaga, Hilary

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Hilary Allumnga

Hilary Allumaga was born and raised in the small village of Alogani in the Nasarawa state in north-central Nigeria. Allumaga was a mostly self-taught artist until coming to the United States to study studio art. Allumaga lost his hearing after contracting meningitis at the age of 3.He attended Gallaudet University and received a bachelor's degree in Studio Art in 2008. He loves art in all forms and sharing his work with others. He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and four children. Hilary Allumaga's abstract paintings are scenes of Nigerian life, in which he uses dark colors to represent struggles of the past, and bright colors to signify the hope of the future. The use of round shapes and starbursts also symbolizes the future. "Some of my paintings reflect my emotional past and wishes for brighter days to come," said Allumaga. "I see a future that is vibrant and full of promise. As a deaf artist, I see colors and texture as a way of communicating my feelings. They vibrate from the canvas."

Title Medium Year Size Acquired Picture
Spirit Acrylic on board 2016 62 x 124 cm Purchased by Joan Naturale, NTID Librarian

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