Born in Enugu, Nigeria
Lives and works in Philadelphia and New York
[ EDUCATION ]
1990 MFA, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1988 BFA, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
[ AWARDS / HONORS / GRANTS ]
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, New York, NY
Residency Foundation Grant for African
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
ArtsLink Collaborative Projects Award in Warsaw, Poland
for exhibition, "Here & Now"
Reithalle Artist Residency, St. Gallen,
ART/OMI- International Artist Residency,
Omi International Arts Center, Omi, NY
Penny McCall Foundation Grant, New York,
[ SOLO EXHIBITIONS ]
— One-Person Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art,
— Television, The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University,
— Double Edge, The Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town,
— Third Space, The Ramp Space, ICA, Philadelphia, PA
— Equalizer, Studio Museum in Harlem, Project Room, New
— FLOW, Contemporary Art Center, CAC Kaplan Hall, Cincinnati,
— Fusion, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
— Paradise, Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, GA
— The Third Eye, Haunch of Vension (Galerie Judin Belot),
— New Work, Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany, catalogue
— Notes From Paradise, Florence Lynch Gallery, New York,
— 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
— 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,
— The Jaws of Domesticity, der KIOSK, St. Gallen, Switzerland,
[ SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS ]
— 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
— Contemporary Art of Africa and the African Diaspora,
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, curated by Carol Thompson,
— 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,
— Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora,
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, curated by Lisa
— The Color Line, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY;
curated by Odili Donald Odita; catalogue available
— POST Painterly Abstraction, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia,
— 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
— 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,
— 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
— After Matisse & Picasso, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center,
Long Island City, NY
— Art Positions with Kevin Bruk Gallery, Art Basel Miami
— 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
— 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,
— IN-VISIBLE: Abstractions & Narratives, Arsenal Gallery,
— 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,
— 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,
— ONE, RUSH Fine Arts, New York, NY curated by Rene³ Cox
— At the Foreground of Paths, Skoto Gallery, New York,
— 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
— 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
— 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,
— 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,
— Trespass-Beyond Borders, Right Bank Gallery, Brooklyn,
curated by Odili Donald Odita.
— A Grand Tour, Swiss Institute, New York, curated by
— Without A Notion (A Painting Show), 88 Room, Boston,
curated by Winston C. Robinson
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[ CORPORATE & PUBLIC MUSEUM COLLECTIONS ]
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