Ojih Odutola


Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985, Ilé-Ifẹ̀, Nigeria) is a visual artist and columnist based in New York. She is best known for her detailed, multimedia drawings often presented in eclectic, large scale series, or “chapters,” using pen ink, pencil, charcoal and pastel on paper, board and linen. Themes in her work have explored the malleability of meaning, memory, and power through portraiture and visual story-telling.

She has participated in solo and group exhibitions at national and international institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Barbican Centre, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Whitney Museum of American Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Drawing Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, 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.

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; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, among others.

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On Storytelling with Erin J. Gilbert, Hirshhorn Museum
Smithsonian Magazine, by Roger Catlin

2021 — 2020
The Washington Post, by Vanessa H. Larson
The New York Times Style Magazine, by Lovia Gyarkye
Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso
The White Review, by Orit Gat
ArtReview, by Rahel Aima
The Brooklyn Rail, by Amber Jamilla Musser
The New York Times, by Jason Farago
The Art Newspaper, by Louisa Buck
CNN Style, by Jaqui Palumbo
Artforum, by Cassie Packard
Granta, by Yaa Gyasi
iNews, by Hettie Judah
The Quietus, by Amah-Rose Abrams
Artforum, by Jo Baer
Flash Art, by Kareem Reid
Frieze, by Rianna Jade Parker
HyperAllergic, by Naomi Polonsky
The New Yorker, by Zadie Smith
Apollo Magazine, by Samuel Reilly
Conversation with Erin J. Gilbert, Nothing Concrete
Artsy, by Gabrielle Bruney
Great Women Artists with Katy Hessel
Talk Art with Russell Tovey & Robert Diament
WePresent, by Allyssia Alleyne


Please refer all inquiries, be they acquisition(s), artwork loan(s), press, image licensing, events, &c, to either:

Jack Shainman New York    


Site content is copyrighted Toyin Ojih Odutola. All Rights Reserved.︎Select photographs from slideshow and timeline Courtesy of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Kunsten Museum Aalborg, Barbican Centre, Whitney Museum of American Art, Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, Pinchuk Art Centre, The Frick Collection, & Jack Shainman Gallery.