Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria) creates multimedia drawings. Themes in her work have explored the malleability of identity, meaning and power through portraiture and story-telling. She is based in New York.

Solo presentations of her work have exhibited at the Barbican Centre, Whitney Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Museum of the African Diaspora, Savannah College of Art and Design’s Museum of Art, Hood Museum Dartmouth, and recently at the Kunsten Museum of Art Aalborg

She has participated in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Renaissance Society, Seattle Museum of Art, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Menil Collection, as well as the 12th Manifesta Biennial in Palermo, Italy.

Ojih Odutola earned her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In 2016, she undertook a residency at Headlands Center for the Arts; she was the Lida A. Orzeck ‘68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Barnard College from 2017—2018; and in 2019, inducted into the National Academy of Design. At the 2020 Apollo Awards, she was named “Artist of the Year.”

Public collections of her artworks are held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Portrait Gallery, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, among others.


She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery.



Further information, refer to PDF of her CV for extensive catalog.

©Toyin Ojih Odutola 2021