Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria) creates multimedia drawings on various surfaces investigating the limits of representation while engaging with eclectic modes of storytelling.

Ojih Odutola has participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including The Drawing Center, New York (2018—19); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017—18); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).

Permanent collections include Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian).

She earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Ojih Odutola lives and works in New York.

(PDF copy of CV)





Nicolas Party: Pastel
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
10 October — 14 December 2019

Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, New York
31 August 2019 — 19 January 2020

Prospect 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California
21 June — 27 October 2019

I Am…: Contemporary Women Artists of Africa
National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian), Washington D.C.
20 June 2019 — 5 July 2020

Recent Acquisitions: Toyin Ojih Odutola
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington
15 June — 8 December 2019

Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019
A Collateral Event of the 58th Venice Biennale
Palazzo Ca’ Tron, IUAV University, Venice, Italy 
11 May — 18 August 2019 

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, California
6 March — 25 August 2019

Drawn Together Again
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
23 February — 18 May 2019

UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles, California
13 February — 13 April 2019

Future Generation Art Prize Exhibition of Shortlisted Artists
PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
9 February — 7 April 2019

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, California
7 February — 7 July 2019

Art on Paper 2019: The 45th Exhibition
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
3 February 2019 — 5 May 2019

Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
31 January — 18 May 2019

Highlights From the Sweet Briar Collection
Pannell Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia
31 January — 2 June 2019

Damn! The Defiant
Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York, New York
17 January — 23 February 2019

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, Kansas
30 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

Shifting Gaze: A Reconstruction of The Black & Hispanic Body in Contemporary Art
Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, Florida
19 October 2018 — 13 January 2019

For Opacity
The Drawing Center, New York, New York
12 October 2018 — 3 February 2019

In This Imperfect Present Moment
Seattle Museum of Art, Washington
21 July 2018 — 16 June 2019





Represented by: 

Jack Shainman Gallery
513 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
T: +1 212 645 1701



Paper Magazine,
PAPER People: Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Khalid El Khatib, (2019)

The Georgia Review, A Starting Point: Introduction, by Katie Geha, (2019)

The Sole Adventurer,
Can Blackness Exist Autonomously?, by Kojo Abudu, (2019)

The Associated Press,
Ellen Burstyn, Ann Curry and Others Read at Poetry Benefit, (2019)

Cultural Politics, Duke University Press,
Resisting the Singular Narrative, by Deborah Frizzell, (2019)

A Probing Look at How We Perform and Present the Self, by Harry Tafoya, (2019)

ArtDaily, Original exhibition examines the representation of fluid identity, (2019)

The New York Times,
Artwork Taken From Africa, Returning to a Home Transformed, by Jason Farago, (2019)

The New York Times
, For Opacity, by Will Heinrich, (2019)

The New York Times Magazine,
The Lives They Lived, (2018)

Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, To Wander Determined, by Jody Cutler, (2018)

ArtNews Magazine,
‘Mark-Making As a Land Your Eyes Traverse’: Toyin Ojih Odutola Talks with Zadie Smith, by Shirley Nwangwa, (2018)

The Drawing Center,
Thoughts on For Opacity with Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Elijah Burgher, and Toyin Ojih Odutola, (2018)

Filthy Dreams,
I’ve Got Loyalty, Got Royalty Inside My DNA: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “When Legends Die”, by Emily Colucci, (2018) 

The Art Newspaper,
Three shows to see in New York this weekend, (2018)

The New York Times Magazine,
Seven Boundary-Pushing Cultural Moments of 2018, (2018)

Big Red & Shiny, The Social and Private Life of the Black Bourgeoisie: Toyin Ojih Odutola at the Hood Downtown, by Denis Mutungi, (2018)

The Brooklyn Rail,
Toyin Ojih Odutola: When Legends Die, by Amber Jamilla Musser, (2018)

ArtNews Magazine,
PinchukArtCentre Names Shortlist for 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, by Alex Greenberger, (2018)

The New Yorker,
Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Johanna Fateman, (2018)

The Paris Review,
There Is No Story That Is Not True: An Interview with Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Osman Can Yerebakan, (2018)

The New York Times,
Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Jillian Steinhauer, (2018)

OCULA Magazine,
New York Exhibitions: The Autumn Lowdown, by Jareh Das, (2018)

Art & Object,
"When Legends Die" Brings a Family Tree to Life at Jack Shainman Gallery, by Chandra Noyes, (2018)

W Magazine, 
Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Is Reimagining the History of Nigerian Slaves as Royals, by Diane Solway, (2018)

The Brooklyn Rail, The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness, by Nico Wheadon, (2018)

OCULA Magazine, Manifesta 12: Cultivating Coexistence, by Jareh Das, (2018)

Vogue US, Reimagining Black Experience in the Radical Drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Dodie Kazanjian, (2018)

Hood Museum, Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament, by John Stomberg, (2018)

Art Papers, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Testing the Name, by Logan Lockner, (2018)

British Vogue, Zadie Smith On The Extraordinary Artwork Of Toyin Ojih Odutola, (2018)

Black Visual Impulse, Tour: 'Toyin Ojih Odutola: Testing the Name' at SCAD MoA, (2018)

Frieze Magazine, Unselfconscious is the New Black for Emerging Artists of Colour, by Chase Quinn, (2018)

Artsy + Dior, The Artsy Vanguard: Newly Established, (2018)

i-D Magazine, Nigerian Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Paints Radically Soft Visions of Black Wealth, by André-Naquian Wheeler, (2018)

The Art Newspaper, SCAD honours Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, by Victoria Stapley-Brown, (2018) 

Public Books,
Toyin Ojih Odutola, The Treatment 2015–2017, by Anne Higonnet, (2018)

The New York Times, Toyin Ojih Odutola, by Martha Schwendener, (2018) 

MUSE Magazine,
 Toyin Ojih Odutola: Art Portrait, by Kathleen Hefty, (2018) 

CULTURED Magazine, Solange Knowles and Toyin Ojih Odutola Talk Sound, Art and Architecture, (2018)

Kadist, Toyin Ojih Odutola, (2018)

HyperAllergic, The Permanence of Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Invented World, by Seph Rodney, (2018)

Whitney Museum of American Art, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: By Her Design," by Rujeko Hockley and Melinda Lang, (2018)

Girls at Library, Toyin Ojih Odutola, (2018)

Barnard College, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Orzeck Artist-in-Residence Investigates Meanings of Racial Identities, (2018)

Columbia Spectator, Barnard’s Black History Month kicks off with panel featuring Toyin Ojih Odutola, Mary Sibande, by Sophie Kossakowski, (2018)

Daily Beast, Toyin Ojih Odutola Challenges Blackness in Art—and Racism in Trump’s America, by Lyne Lucien, (2018)

Barnard Magazine, Making Her Mark, On Campus, by Makeda Best, (2018)

Elephant Magazine, Artists of the Year: 2017, (2017)

ArtReview, Ten exhibitions to see this month: December 2017 Previews, by Martin Herbert, (2017)

HyperAllergic, A Year of Magical Figurative Art, (2017)

Whitewall Magazine, 30 Artists With a Lasting Impact in 2017, (2017)

Walker Arts Center, Guest Lists, 2017: The Year According to Brad Ogbonna, (2017) 

Broadly, 2017's Breakout Artists Brought Marginalized Identity to the Fore, by Sarah Burke, (2017) 

Black Visual Impulse, 
Toyin Ojih Odutola: Surface & Blackness, by Jessica Owens, (2017)

Interview Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola defies conventional portrayals of black bodies, by Kat Herriman, (2017)

IFA Contemporary, Unpacking the Layers of Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, by Indira Abiskaroon (2017)

CULTURED Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Young Artists to Watch in 2018, by Jessica Lynne, (2017)

WNYC News, Review: Wandering with Determination and Beauty, by Rebecca Carroll, (2017)

Even Magazine, Hidden Noise: Episode no. 3, (2017)

Elle Magazine, Women in Art Issue, by Molly Langmuir, (2017)

The New Yorker, Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined, (2017)

L'Officiel USAToyin Ojih Odutola’s To Wander Determined Is a Must-See at The Whitney, by Eduardo Alfonso, (2017)

Elle Magazine, Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Finally Gets Her Due at the Whitney, by Sasha Bonét, (2017)

Vogue Magazine, At the Whitney, a Vision of Africa—Without the Colonialist Meddling, by Julia Felsenthal, (2017)

ArtNet News, See the Opulent Portraits That Took Toyin Ojih Odutola From the Set of ‘Empire’ to the Whitney, by Caroline Goldstein, (2017) 

GARAGE Magazine, 
Toyin Ojih Odutola Imagines A World In Which Slavery Never Happened, by Aruna D'Souza, (2017)

The Cut, This Whitney Artist’s Drawing Appeared on Empire, by Rozanne Els, (2017)

JUXTAPOZ Magazine, Toyin Ojih Odutola: Infinite Possibility, by Kristin Farr, (2017)

ARTNews, Toyin Ojih Odutola Named Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College, by Alex Greenberger, (2017)

Barnard College, Visual Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence, (2017)

Modern Painters Magazine, Toyin's artistic stroke, by Joseph Akel, (2017)

The New York Times Style Magazine, Five Artists Respond to: Charlottesville, (2017)

Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMoMA, Episode 4: The Mind, Season 2: Manifest, by Gerladine Ah-Sue, (2017)

The New York Times Style Magazine, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young African Immigrant," by Taiye Selasi, (2017)

Lenny Letter"The Artist Who's Giving Side-Eye to the Art World," by Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite, (2017)

MOUSSE MagazineExhibitions:  “Vanishing Points” at James Cohan, New York, (2017)

Artforum International MagazineReviews: "Toyin Ojih Odutola, Museum of the African Diaspora," by Leigh Raiford, (2017)

NYLON Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola Uses Art To Challenge Invented Constructs Of The Self," by Sydney Gore, (2017)

Artforum International MagazineCritic's Picks: San Francisco, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Kim Beil, (2017)

Daily ServingA Matter of Fact: Toyin Ojih Odutola at Museum of the African Diaspora, by Maria Porges, (2017)

Artforum International Magazine"Best of 2016," by David Adjaye, (2016)

Aperture MagazineVision & Justice, Issue 223, Summer 2016, "Toyin Ojih Odutola: A New Grammar for Blackness," by Claudia Rankine, (2016)

Forbes Magazine"Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola Explores and Questions the Construct of Blackness," by Adam Lehrer, (2016)

Whitewall Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola's 'Of Context and Without' at Jack Shainman Gallery," by Emory Lopiccolo, (2016)

Artforum International MagazineCritic's Picks: New York, "Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Ian Bourland, (2016) 

Interview Magazine, "Traveling with Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Emily McDermott, (2015)

The Huffington Post"Stunning Ballpoint Imagery Explores Blackness And The Power Of Ink," by Claire Fallon, (2015)

Wallpaper Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola explores race and identity in black and white," by Michael Slenske, (2015)

Saint Heron"Interview: Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Tanekeya Ward, (2015)

The Creators Project"Journey Down Toyin Ojih Odutola and Kilo Kish's Creative Roadmap," by Kilo Kish, (2015)

The New York Times Style Magazine"The Male Muse, Depicted by Women," by Leanne Shapton, (2015)

BOMB MagazineInterview with Ashley Stull, (2015)

Studio International Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola: ‘I’m no longer interested in portraying what I think I am in my work,’" by A Will Brown, (2015)

Modern Painters Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola's Rich Figures,
Born of Modest Medium," by Michael Slenske, (2014)

ArtNews Magazine"Making Cutting-Edge Art with Ballpoint Pens," by Trent Morse, (2014)

The San Francisco Chronicle"'The Moment for Ink': Show frees artist," by Kimberly Chun, (2013)

Interview Magazine"Toyin Ojih Odutola and the Public Struggle," by Julie Bramowitz, (2013)

The New York Times"Reflections:  '26 July, 4:50am' by Toyin (Ojih) Odutola, Studio Museum in Harlem," by Holland Cotter, (2013)"

Forbes Magazine"30 Under 30: Style and Art, Toyin (Ojih) Odutola, Artist, 27," by Susan Adams, (2012)

The Village VoiceQ&A: Toyin Ojih Odutola on Drawing, Chinese Art, and What It Really Means to Have a Big Head, by Alexandra Bell, (2012)

Vogue Italia"Toyin Ojih Odutola," by Yomi Abiola, (2011)

The New York Times, "Museum and Gallery Listings for June 17-23, Toyin (Ojih) Odutola: 'MAPS,'" by Holland Cotter, (2011)