Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning, queer, black artist and advocate. She was a featured participant in CultureSummit 2017-Abu Dhabi, is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2015, and a U.S. Fulbright Student Alumni. While a graduate student at Maryland Institute College of Art, Tugbiyele was awarded the Amalie Rothschild ’34 Rinehart Award in 2012 and the William M. Phillips ’54 Scholarship for Best Figurative Sculpture in 2013.

Tugbiyele’s works are charged with symbolic meanings that bridge and layer historical, cultural and political ideas around race, gender and sexuality with that of class, economy, sex-politics and religion. They examine the role of religion in defining the way we view our bodies, as well as the subversive role spirituality can play in reclamation towards healthy forms of self-love and acceptance. Tugbiyele works with a diverse range of materials including wire, natural fibres, fabric and wood to create intricate sculptures, which are on occasion integrated into moving performances. She engages ideas about matriarchal forms, systems and strategies in response to patriarchal frameworks; blurring the lines between the dual nature of masculinity and femininity. The concept of duality resonates strongly in her weaving of natural and industrial materials as it dances around natural and artificial light.

Tugbiyele’s work can be found in the corporate and public collections of Credit Suisse Bank, The Brooklyn Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, The Newark Museum, Sugar Hill Capital Partners and in significant private collections in Australia, China, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, The United Kingdom and the United States. Her work has been mentioned and reviewed in leading publications around the world and she has sat as a distinguished panellist within reputable institutions in the United States and beyond. In 2002, she received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and in 2013, graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Adejoke Tugbiyele (b.1977, New York, USA)

2013   Maryland Institute College of Art, Rinehart School of Sculpture
Master of Fine Arts
2002   New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT
B.S. Architecture (w/ honors)
1995   High School of Art and Design, NYC
Diploma Architecture (w/ honors)
Selected solo exhibitions
2018   Adejoke Tugbiyele, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA curated by Kristen Chiacchia (Forthcoming)
2017   SHIFTING THE WAVES: The Mask, The Boat, The Broom, The Box, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair and October Gallery (Special Projects), Somerset House, London, UK
2017   Freedom Dance II, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
2016   Grassroots, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
2015   TESTIMONY, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, SA, curated by Neil Dundas and Lara Koseff
2014   Election/Erection, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ, curated by Dexter Wimberly
2013   FAST FORWARD: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2010   WAHALA TEMI - BODY WORK, The Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, curated by Jeanne Brasile
2004   Dynamic Dark Matter, Philosophy Box Gallery, New York, NY
Selected group exhibitions
2017   Cool Culture, The UnGala – Honoring Teresita Fernández and Reggie Van Lee, IAC Headquarters, New York, USA, curated by Alaina Simone
Here: Telling the Stories of Survivors, Silverbird Galleria, Lagos, Nigeria, organized/curated by Jumoke Sanwo
CultureSummit2017, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2016   AKAA (Also Known As Africa), Carreau du Temple, Paris, France with October Gallery, London, UK
Art on the Vine in Martha’s Vineyard, The Agora Culture, Massachusetts, USA, curated by Jessica Stafford-Davis
Africa’s Out!, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Founded by Wangechi Mutu in support of UHAI EASHRI
Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Kevin Dumouchelle (forthcoming)
Videonale in Lagos: Changing City – Shifting Spaces, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCALagos), VanLagos and Goethe Institut – Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, curated by Jude Anogwih, Tasja Langenbach & Jennifer Gassmann
2015   Agitprop! The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, Co-curated by The Sackler Center Curatorial Collective: Catherine Morris, Stephanie Weissberg, Saisha Grayson and Jess Wilcox (forthcoming)
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, October Gallery, London, UK, curated by Elisabeth Laloushek
A River Depends on its Tributaries, The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University (in collaboration with Merton D. Simpson Gallery NYC), South Orange, NJ, curated by Jeanne Brasile
Resignifications/Black Portraitures, Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, Italy, curated by Awam Amkpa
Speaking Back, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, curated by Natasha Becker
Art15: London’s Global Art Fair, October Gallery, London, UK, curated by Elisabeth Laloushek
No Such Place, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, NY, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly
2014   Interwoven Histories, October Gallery, London, UK,
The Subject is Black, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art: Prince St. Project Space, curated by Lawrence Graham-Brown
Brides of Anansi: Fiber and Contemporary Art, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, organized by Leslie King-Hammond, PhD and Lowery Stokes Sims, PhD
ARENA (Screenings), Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland, Curated by Dobrila Denegri and Jude Anogwih 
Matter as Metaphor Art Dubai 2014, Dubai, UAE, Presented by Omenka Gallery/ Oliver Enwonwu
1:54, Somerset House, London. (October Gallery)
2013   Matter as Metaphor, Omenka Gallery at The FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa (with the artist, Nnenna Okore)
Ashe to Amen, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY, curated by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond (travels to The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and Dixon Gardens)
Reloading the Canon: African Traditions in Contemporary Art, James E. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD, curated by Allison Gulick
2011   The African Continuum, The United Nations, Public Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jan Arnesen and Monique Long
All We Ever Wanted, Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria, Curated by Bisi Silva
2010   The Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY, co-curated by Lowery Sims & Leslie King-Hammond
OUTSIGHT INN: 28 Solo Projects, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ, curated by Rupert Ravens
Life After Death (A Tribute to Fela Kuti), Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY, curated by Shantrelle Lewis
Dreamtime Overtones from a Fantastic Brown Planet, Aljira: Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, curated by Edwin Ramoran
2009   Brick City: 07101, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, curated by Jeanne Brasile
Masquerade: False Faces, Casa Frela Gallery, New York, NY
The Big Apple Meets the Big Easy, GSL Art Projects, New Orleans, LA
Time & Space, A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Afusion, Rotunda Gallery at The Brennan Courthouse, Jersey City, NJ
2007   Waging Peace, Arts for Peace Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Troy West and Claudia Flynn
2005   Boundaries, Philosophy Box Gallery, New York, NY
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY, USA
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, United States
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
Credit Suisse Bank
Awards & Residencies

Blue Mountain Center Artist-in-Residence – 2017 (Awarded)
CultureSummit2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Panelist, 2017
Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2016
Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers Award, USA, 2015
Maboneng Arts District Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2015
Serenbe Artists-In-Residence Program, Georgia, USA, 2014
Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship, Lagos, Nigeria, 2013-14
Gallery Aferro Artist-In-Residence Program, Newark, New Jersey, USA, 2013-14
MICA, Rinehart School of Sculpture, Amalie Rothschild Award, USA, 2013
MICA, William M. Phillips Memorial Scholarship/Best Figurative Sculpture, USA, 2012


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