Abe Odedina

Abe Odedina (born 1960, Ibadan, Nigeria, lives in London and Salvador Bahia) had a successful architecture career before starting to paint on a trip to Brazil in 2007. 


Odedina, together with The Underground Museum, Los Angeles was awarded the 2017 Ellsworth Kelly Award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, New York. 


Solo exhibitions: Birds of Paradise, Copeland Gallery, London (2019); True Love, The Department Store, London (2018); Say it Loud, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, (2017);   Eye to Eye, Copeland Gallery, London (2016);  Hi-Life, Brixton East (2014); Under the Influence, The Lookout, Aldeburgh (2013).


Group exhibitions: When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting, Zeitz MOCAA, Capte Town (2022); In the Beginning, Ed Cross Fine Art, Online (2021); Stop, Listen! CFHILL, Online (2021); Folk Art, London Art Fair, Online (2021); Art X Lagos, Online (2020); Diaspora, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (2019); Get Up, Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London (2019); Talisman in the Age of Difference, Stephen Friedman Gallery (June 2018), Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy (2017), Brixton Design Trail, Street Gallery (2015); Global Artists Consortium, Knight Webb Gallery (2013); and BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London (2013).


Odedina was commissioned by director Danny Boyle and the South African charity Dramatic Need to create a new body of work for the digital set of The Children’s Monologues, at Carnegie in New York City, November 2017.  


Odedina’s work is in a number of major international collections including The British Government Art Collection, the Serge Tiroche  Collection and the collection of Jorge Pérez.