Toyin Odutola
Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Photo courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

b. 1985, Ife, Nigeria

Nigerian-born Toyin Odutola grew up mostly in Alabama, receiving her BA from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She recently finished her MFA in painting and drawing at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.

Odutola creates intricate and laboriously rendered portraits. Using ballpoint pen, markers, and ink, she builds her images as a geography or terrain, the surfaces taking form through black interwoven strands of texture and sheen whose particular configurations give way to the subtleties of the individual.

Odutola’s solo exhibitions include Toyin Odutola: (MAPS), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2011); and Toyin Odutola: A Colonized Mind, University Center Gallery, University of Alabama in Huntsville (2008). Group exhibitions include Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Odutola and the Artifacts from Nagaland, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2011); Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco (2011); The Black Portrait, Rush Arts Gallery, New York (2011); and Common Ground, Artlab33 Art Space, Miami (2010).