b. 1984, Rochester, NY
Born to Nigerian and Jamaican parents, Temitayo Ogunbiyi grew up in Lower Gwynedd, PA. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, NJ, with a BA in art history in 2006 and went on to obtain a MA from Columbia University, New York City, in 2011. Ogunbiyi also completed Yale University’s summer program in Norfolk, CT (2005). The artist now resides primarily in Lagos.
Interpersonal relationships and contemporary modes of communication—Ogunbiyi uses emails, Facebook profiles, and text messages as materials—are recurring themes in her work. She employs drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage to echo social patterns with visual ones, at times purposefully disrupting their fluidity. Her mixed media installations are often site-specific, shaped by the anatomy of the individual gallery space.
Ogunbiyi’s work has been shown internationally in exhibitions such as All We Ever Wanted, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2011); and Boomerang: Perm Biennial of Graphic Arts, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Russia (2010); and she participated in the 3rd Crazycurators Biennale, SPACE, Bratislava (2010). Her solo exhibitions include Am I a Thief?, Freies Museum Berlin (2012); and New “Paintings,” Boardroom, S&S Hotels and Suites, Lagos (2011). She has recently participated in several projects to foster art education in Africa.