Temitayo Ogunbiyi,

was born in Rochester, USA in 1984. She lives and works between Lagos in Nigeria, the United States and Jamaica.

As a visual artist, Temitayo Ogunbiyi works with a range of media whose possibilities and distortions she explores through installation, sculpture, collage and drawing.
For this artist living between two continents, the essential thing is to produce a work that is always connected to the place of creation. Her work questions the exhibition space  by highlighting the correspondences and channels of communication that are created between the object and its direct environment.

From 2016, she focused her practice on drawing, focusing on the mixing of shapes by inventing unexpected fusions between Nigerian hairstyles with geometric lines and botanical elements inspired by old botanical illustrations. Through the precision of the line and the organic development of forms, the work questions its multiculturalism and its diasporic heritage. With an intimate drawing mixing ethnological and botanical references, the artist tries to find a fragile balance between her personal history and the movements of History in the broadest sense.

Trained at Princeton (2006, Bachelor of the Arts) and Columbia (2011, Master in Curatorial Studies and Critical Art Theory), Temitayo Ogunbiyi participated in 2012 in the group show The Progress of Love at the Pulitzer Art Foundation in St. Louis and the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos.
She has also collaborated with the Tiwani Contemporary Gallery in London in 2016, Medium Tings Gallery in Brooklyn in 2017, Gallery of Small Things in Dakar in 2018 and for the exhibition Women on Aeroplanes at TOR Art Space in Frankfurt. She exhibited in 2015 at the Jogja Biennale in Indonesia, the Dakar OFF Biennale in 2014, the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018 and the 2nd Lagos Biennale in 2019. In 2018, she participated at the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship.



2nd Lagos Biennial, Lagos - Nigeria

Women on Aeroplanes, TOR Art Space, Frankfurt - Germany



Strange Attractors (a curatorial publication created as part of the 10th Berlin Biennale), Berlin Biennale 10, Berlin - Germany

Talisman in the Age of Difference (curated by Yinka Shonibare), Stephen Friedman Gallery, Londres – UK

Gallery of Small Things (curated by Bisi Silva), Dakar - Senegal

Women on Aeroplanes, Lagos Edition, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos - Nigeria



Gallery of Small Things (curated by Bisi Silva), Federal Palace, Lagos - Nigeria

The Summer Show, TAFETA Gallery, Londres - UK

1:54 New York, TAFETA Gallery – USA



The Pineapple Show, Tiwani Contemporary Gallery, Londres - UK



Biennale Jogja XIII: Hacking Conflict—Indonesia Meets Nigeria, Jogja - Indonesia



Dak’art OFF!, Galerie Attis, Dakar - Senegal

DACHWOOD UND ZEICHNUNG, Marthashof Strasse, Berlin – Germany



Nigeria Now, Ake Book and Arts Festival - The Shadow of Memory, Abeokuta - Nigeria

Six Draughtsmen, Museum for Contemporary Diasporan Art, New-York – USA

The Progress of Love, The Pulitzer Art Foundation, St. Louis - États-Unis et Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos - Nigeria



‘WW’ Independence Series, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos - Nigeria

The Progress of Love, The Pulitzer Art Foundation, St. Louis, USA /Center for Contemporary Art Lagos – Nigeria / Keunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin - Germany

Nigeria House, Theater Royale, Londres – UK



Documenting Changes in our Nation, Civic Centre, Lagos - Nigeria

All We Ever Wanted, CCA Lagos - Nigeria

A kilo of Hope, Yusuf Grillo Gallery, Lagos - Nigeria

The Critiques, Third Streaming, New York – USA

Poznan Biennale, Poznan - Poland

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, Mass MoCA/Cabinet , North Adams – USA



Boomerang Biennale for works on paper and video, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm - Russia

Ready, Set, Create, NARS Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – USA

Fields of Play, curated by Anastasia Stein for the Crazycurators’ Biennale, Bratislava - Slovaquia

Do it Yourself, curated by Derrick Adams, The Dash Gallery, New York - USA

Durfen wir bitten, Berlin Art Projects, Berlin - Germany

40, Kaufbar, Berlin - Germany

Life After Death: A Multi-Media Analysis of the Persona that Was/Is Fela Anikulapo Kuti, curated by Shantrelle Lewis, Caribbean Cultural Center , New York – USA

heed the machine, illustrious, Williamsburg, New York – USA

Art Show on “The Street”, Clark Muñoz Gallery, Princeton, New Jersey – USA



Social Pattern, Mathey College, Princeton University, New Jersey – USA

Emerging Talent, Merrill Lynch, Pennington, New Jersey New Jersey – USA



Yale/Norfolk, Group Show– USA





Capillarité, 31 project, Paris - France



You will find peace and play among palm trees, Freedom Park Playground, Lagos, Nigeria



Nothing in Nature is Private, Medium Tings Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – USA



A Nightmare’s Daydreams, Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos - Nigeria



Of Kinks, Community, and the Next Repetition, ‘a whitespace’, Lagos - Nigeria



‘WW’ Independence Series, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos - Nigeria

My Lagos in Fragments, Wheatbaker Hotel, Lagos - Nigeria

And We Crossed the Atlantic Together, Eko Hotel, Lagos - Nigeria

Possibilities of the Past’s Progress, Freedom Park, Lagos - Nigeria

 Am I a Thief, Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany / Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm - Russia



New Paintings, The Board Room, Lagos - Nigeria



Broken Weaves, TerraKulture Gallery, Lagos - Nigeria

branded:topographic keloids of a feather, Black Ink Gallery, New York - USA



Mom Calls ‘Em Chinee Bumps, Tamboril Gallery, Brooklyn, New York - USA



Extended Extensions, Lucas Gallery, Princeton University, New Jersey – USA



2018 - Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship , Washington - États-Unis

2011 - Wasanii/Triangle Arts International Artist Workshop, Kuona Trust, Nairobi - Kenya

2011 - A kilo of Hope, Isolo Dumping Ground, Lagos - Nigeria

2011 - Omo Oba Yemisi Shyllon Art Foundation/UniLag, Art and Entrepeneurship - Nigeria



2014 - Ford Foundation, The Global Travel and Learning Fund, Grantee

2011 - Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant for Public Exhibition

2006 - Princeton University, 2006: Herbert L. Lucas Scholarship, African-American Studies Research Grant

2006 - Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize in African-American Studies,

2005 Princeton University, Lucas Fellowship Grant, Fred Fox Fund Grant, Lucas Grant, African-American Studies Research Grant



2011 - Columbia University, MA in Modern and Contemporary Art/Curatorial Studies and Critical Art Theory

2006 - Princeton University, magna cum laude, A.B.

2005 - Yale School of Art, Norfolk Summer Residency Program



SMALL (Group show)

Capillarité (Solo show)



Galeristes 2020

Art Paris Art Fair 2020

Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020



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