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A fine layer of dust settles atop half painted vases and molds of African warriors. Books filled with photos of African art rest on shelves alongside a variety of plaques awarded for various contributions to the art world. The distinct smell left behind by sanding machines is always present, and the echoes of slow jazz on the radio resonate through the air.

Walking into The Rage Gallery in Akron, Ohio, is as unique an experience as viewing a finished piece of the art itself. Woodrow Nash, a fifty-something sculptor whose pieces are collected by the likes of Smokey Robinson, Katie Couric and Beyonce, has established a reputation around his personal style of art.

His signature style, which he has affectionately coined African Nouveau, combines 15th century Benin and 18th century French Nouveau characteristics into a stunning fusion of realistic lines and curves.

“My style is my own,” Nash said. “It comes from my passion to create realism in sculpting the human form.”

The Rage Gallery is remarkable in its display of incredible sculptures of African men, women and children in a variety of poses and dress. The attention to intricate detail and the haunting realism of each piece is a tribute to Nash’s vision and creativity.

To witness a piece of Nash’s art is likened to a history lesson or even a novel of epic proportions, telling the story of African kings and queens, of warriors, tribal icons and slavery. As he creates each piece, Nash entrenches himself in the factual and mythical history of the person he is sculpting. Every detail from jewelry to tattoos to hairstyles to body shape is meticulously crafted to represent the true beauty of the human form.

Nash is a favorite among interior designers around the nation who use his art as focal points throughout the homes they decorate.

“I personally feel that each individual piece has its own character,” said Stephanie Gowdy, an interior designer based out of Atlanta. “My clients like pieces that are ‘different’ and Woodrow’s sculptures always make a statement.”

Whether it’s an 18-inch vase or a six-foot-tall African warrior, a piece from Woodrow Nash will catch the eye of all those who enter its presence. For more information about Woodrow Nash and The Rage Gallery, visit


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