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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.
  • Adejoke_Tugbiyele. photo © Jonathan Greet 2007
  • Adejoke_Tugbiyele. photo © Jonathan Greet 2007
  • Adejoke_Tugbiyele. photo © Jonathan Greet 2007


Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele’s work is informed by a sophisticated discourse on traditional philosophical concepts, a deep understanding of the aesthetic and cultural character of the African continent as well as an invigorating inclination and facility with various materials and methods. By inventively handling her material within a formalist sculptural framework, combined with a highly developed experimental approach to making art, she creates work that is unorthodox, persistently innovative, and ignores boundaries between different cultural heritages and socially constructed constraints.

Tugbiyele’s sculptural process combines the weaving of fibrous materials such as palm spines around light metal structures, producing abstract figurative forms with universal elements of androgyny, armor, flight, seduction, myth and mystery. Her multimedia work has exhibited or screened in reputable institutions within several countries around the world including Nigeria, The United States, France, South Africa, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Tugbiyele's work can be found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, Credit Suisse Bank and in significant private collections in the US, UK and Hong Kong.

Flight to Revalation

Musician II

Homeless Hungry Homo

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
2016   ADEJOKE TUGBIYELE, Skoto Gallery, New York City (forthcoming)
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
2016   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 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, United States
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, USA
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