Odili Donald Odita

Born in Enugu, Nigeria
Lives and works in Philadelphia and New York


1990   MFA, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1988   BFA, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award,
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY
Residency Foundation Grant for African Artists,
Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
Nomination for Best Show of the Year for "Color Theory" at the Florence Lynch Gallery,
by the International Association of Art Critics in New York
ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award in Warsaw, Poland for exhibition, "Here & Now"
Reithalle Artist Residency, St. Gallen, Switzerland
ART/OMI- International Artist Residency, Omi International Arts Center, Omi, NY
Penny McCall Foundation Grant, New York, NY


— One-Person Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy
— Television, The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University, KS

— Double Edge, The Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
— Third Space, The Ramp Space, ICA, Philadelphia, PA

— Equalizer, Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Room, New York, NY
— FLOW, Contemporary Art Center, CAC Kaplan Hall, Cincinnati, OH

— Fusion, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

— Paradise, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

— The Third Eye, Haunch of Vension (Galerie Judin Belot), Zurich, Switzerland
— New Work, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany, catalogue available
— Notes From Paradise, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY

— RESISTANCE, Matrix Art Project, Brussels, Belgium
— Transformer, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany
— New Work, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO

— Art Statements with Florence Lynch Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, FL
— New Work, Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Berlin, Germany
— New Work, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany
— Interlude, WINTERGARTEN, Vienna, Austria, curated by Bettina Muller-Schelken
— New Works, Miami Art Museum, FL, curated by Cheryl Hartup

— LIFE, Riva Gallery, New York, NY
— Paintings & Drawings, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY, catalogue available

— Transfers/Odyssey, Kunsthalle, St. Gallen, Switzerland, curated by Dorothea Strauss
— Passport, Jenn Joy Gallery, San Francisco, CA
— New Work, Hofstra University, Alex Rosenberg Art Gallery, Calkins Hall,Hempstead, NY

— Color Theory, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY
— The Invisible Empire, Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

— The Jaws of Domesticity, der KIOSK, St. Gallen, Switzerland, catalogue available


— Poised, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA
— A Walls Project: Split Landscapes, Culture Color, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA curated by Betti-Sue Hertz
— Contemporary Art of Africa and the African Diaspora, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, curated by Carol Thompson, catalogue available

— Paper Trail II: Passing Through Clouds, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, The Herbert and Mildred Lee Gallery, Waltham, MA, curated by Odili Donald Odita

— 52nd Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition, Think With The Senses, Feel With the Mind, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, curated by Robert Storr, catalogue available
— Summer 2007/8, The Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
— Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, curated by Lisa Fanning
— The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; curated by Odili Donald Odita; catalogue available
— POST Painterly Abstraction, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
— Exquisite Crisis and Encounters, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, New York, NY curated by Yong Soon Min

— Ordering & Seduction, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland, curated by Dorothea Strauss
— Distant Relatives, Relative Distance, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, catalogue available
— The Beautiful Game, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn and New York, NY curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and Franklin Sirmans
— Holy Land: Diaspora and the Desert, Heard Museum of Native American Art, Phoenix, AZ, curated by Lara Taubman
— Nederland 1, Museum Gouda, Gouda, The Netherlands, curated by Tiong Ang
— Parallel Economies, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

— Round Leather Worlds, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, curated by Dorothea Strauss, catalogue available
— The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art, 1950-2005, Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada curated by David Moos, catalogue available
— Surface Charge, Virginia Commonwealth University Museum, Richmond, VA, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, catalogue available
— A Warlike People: Victims or Perpetrators, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, curated by Lara Taubman

— UnStaged, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, curated by Charlie Citron
— DAK'ART 2004 - Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art; North American representative in Diaspora section curated by Ivo Mesquita, catalogue available
— ANTHOLOGY OF ART, School of Fine Arts, Braunschweig; Visual Arts Department, University of Rennes; Art History Department, University of Budapest; Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Zentrum fur Medienkunst, Karlsruh; Manifest/Symposium, Akademie der KŁnste, Berlin; the Neuhardenberg Foundation, Berlin; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, catalogue available
— Flipside, Artists Space, New York, NY curated by Katherine Carl and Fritzie Brown, catalogue available
— Visualizing Diaspora/Constructing Self, GASP, Boston, MA, curated by Magda Campos-Pons
— Transit: Abstracting the System, City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, GA
— Home Extension, University Art Museum, Albany, NY, curated by Gregory Volk and Sabine Russ, catalogue available

— Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Purnell Center for the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Blaffer Gallery, The Art Museum of the University of Houston, TX; curated by Shannon Fitzgerald & Tumelo Mosaka, catalogue available
— Black President, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Barbican Art — Galleries, London; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, catalogue available
— After Matisse & Picasso, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY
— Art Positions with Kevin Bruk Gallery, Art Basel Miami Beach, Florida
— Yellow Pages, Turm Gallery, Helmstedt, Germany, curated by John Armleder & the 404 Team

— Collection in Context, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
— Miami Currents, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
— The Fields' Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, curated by Rory Bester & Amanda Carlson
— Painting As Paradox, Artist Space, New York, NY, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, catalogue available
— Peculiarly Pink, LUXE, New York, NY
— Irrational Propositions, POST, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Habib Kheradyar
— Pictures, Greene/Naftali Inc., New York, NY

— Here And Now, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, & Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, Poland, catalogue available
— Group Show, Kjbuh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany, represented by Florence Lynch Gallery
— Out of America, Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Frankfurt & Berlin, Germany
— Against the Wall: Painting Against the Grid, Surface and Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA curated by Karen E. Jones
— Material and Matter, The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY curated by Thelma Golden & Christine Y. Kim
— Chelsea Rising, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA curated by David Rubin, catalogue available
— Pleasures of Sight and States of Being: Radical Abstract Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL, curated by Dr. Roald Nasgaard, catalogue available

— Five Continents & One City, 3rd International Salon of Painting, Museum of Mexico City, Africa Section, curated by Olu Oguibe, catalogue available
— Transcending The Norm And Some, New Jersey City University, Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

— Zeitwenden: Ausblick Ruckblick--(Jet Lag Experiment), Museum of Modern Art, Bonn, Germany and Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria
— IN-VISIBLE: Abstractions & Narratives, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
— Kunstmarkt, Residenzschloss Dresden, Dresden, Germany, represented by Florence Lynch Gallery
— Outside Edge: A Survey, Unversite de Paris 1, Pantheon, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
— 4X4; Alexandre de Folin Gallery, New York, NY
— Ideoscape, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, curated by Shelly Bancroft and Edmund Barry Gaither
— Civil Sex, (First Stages Collaboration w/ Brian Freeman), Public Theater, Shiva Gallery, New York, NY
— Vanishing Pt., Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY curated by Margaret Evangeline
— You Are Here, Matrix Art Project (MAP), New York, NY curated by Jesus Polanco

— ART/OMI, International Artist Residency Exhibition, Ghent, New York
— Crossing Lines, Art-In-General, New York, NY

— 2ND JOHANNESBURG BIENNALE 1997, SOUTH AFRICA, Projects Section: Billboard & Bus Shelter Posters, curated by Okwui Enwezor, catalogue available
— Diversity In Contemporary Africa: Survey Exhibition of Contemporary African Art, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, curated by Okechukwu E. Odita, catalogue available
— REALLY, UnFinished Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY curated by Odili Donald Odita
— Interior-Life, RUSH ARTS, New York, NY with Bili Bidjocka, Senga Nengudi, Jocelyn Taylor, & Fred Wilson, curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
— Aphrodisia, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY

— Something I Saw In Brooklyn..., Galerie Elizabeth Valleix, Paris, France
— ONE, RUSH Fine Arts, New York, NY curated by Rene³ Cox
— At the Foreground of Paths, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY

— Modern Life, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, in conjunction with Newark Museum, NJ, curated by Okwui Enwezor and Carl Hazlewood
— Stitches, FOUR WALLS, November 12, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY writer/artist collaboration with Adnan Ashraf, publication available
— GOTCHA!, Momenta Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
— CELEBRITY'Hood, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY curated by Betti-Sue Hertz
— Either/Or, Flamingo East, New York, NY curated by Kenny Schachter
— Other Rooms, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, represented by Momenta Art & Pierogi 2000

— Split-Level, Art-In-General, New York, NY
— Unfolding Stories, John Jay College of Art, Music & Philosophy, City University of New York, NY
— Pseudo Museum, Jupiter Interactive Productions, New York, concurrent exhibition on-line, curated by Alfredo Martinez.
— The Third Forum of Visual Art, Museum of Art, Brasilia, Brazil, catalogue available
— FIReD: a late nite comedy show, THICKET, New York, No BIAS, North Bennington, Vermont, curated by Odili Donald Odita, catalogue available
— Go Back and Fetch It (It Means Sankofa), Gallery ANNEXT and RUSH Fine Arts Management, New York

— FIAR INTERNATIONAL PRIZE- Art Under 30 (1991-1993), Milan, Rome, Paris, London, Los Angeles, New York; National Academy of Design, New York selection curated by Dan Cameron, catalogue available
— Trespass-Beyond Borders, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn, curated by Odili Donald Odita.
— A Grand Tour, Swiss Institute, New York, curated by Ingrid Schaffner

— Without A Notion (A Painting Show), 88 Room, Boston, curated by Winston C. Robinson


Edward Epstein, Review, Art Papers, November/December, pp. 69-70.
Sarah Thornton, Seven Days in the Art World, W.W. Norton, New York, pg. 226.
Edward Sozanski, "Arts & Entertainment," The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 14.
Robin Rice, "Fantastic Four," Philadelphia City Paper, September 10.

Alice Thorson, "Africa's New Look," The Kansas City Star, Sunday, December 9, pp. F1, F8.
Sara Pearce, "A Confluence of Color," The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, November 11, pp. D1, D8.
Sara Pearce, Arts & Entertainment, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, November 11, pp. D1, D8.
Alex Farquharson, "Venice Biennial," Frieze Magazine, No. 109, September, pp. 128-130.
Olu Oguibe, "An Artist's Biennial," Frieze Magazine, No. 109, September, p. 135.
Holland Cotter, "The Color Line," Weekend Arts, The New York Times, Friday, July 27.
L'Uomo Vogue, "52nd Venice Biennial Issue," June, p. 267.
Edith Newhall, "A Short Course in Abstract Art," The Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, May 11.

Olu Oguibe, Frieze Magazine, No. 104, January-February, pp. 14-15, 32, 137.
Jerry Cullum, "No-Frills Cultural Comment," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 5.

Stephen Maine, Art in America, June/July, pp. 183-184.
Cathy Fox, Odili Donald Odita, Re-Envisioning Nigeria: Artist Limns Dreams, Nightmares of Native Nigeria, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, May 1.

Micah Malone, "Visualizing Diaspora/Constructing Self," Art Papers, March/April, p. 48.
Martha Schwendener, Goings On About Town, The New Yorker, January 3, p. 14.

Ken Johnson, "Notes From Paradise," The New York Times, The Listings, November-December.
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Barbara Pollack, "The Afrobeat Generation," The Village Voice, July 23.
Holland Cotter, "King of Music (and of All He Surveyed)," The New York Times, July 18.

Painting as Paradox, Tema Celeste, Vol. 19, No. 94, November-December, p.111.
Michelle Weinberg, MAM, Tema Celeste, Vol. 19, No. 94, November-December, p. 88.
Gean Moreno, MAM, Flash Art International, Vol. 34, No. 226, October.
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American Council on Education, Washington, D.C.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY
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