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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

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1977 to Nigerian immigrants, and raised for seven years in Lagos Nigeria, award-winning artist/activist Adejoke Tugbiyele boldly, yet delicately weaves complex ideas about race, gender, sexuality, spirituality and migration. Her sculptural process combines the weaving of fibrous materials around light metal structures, producing abstract figurative forms with universal elements of androgyny, armor, flight, seduction, myth and mystery. Her practice is influenced by multiple genres including ready-made/assemblage, architecture and performance/film. Tugbiyele's work has been exhibited at reputable institutions around the world including the Brooklyn Museum, The Newark Museum, The Museum of Arts and Design, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos Nigeria, The Goethe Institut (in Lagos, Nigeria and Washington D.C), The Centre for Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland, and The United Nations. Tugbiyele’s work is in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum and The Newark Museum. She has also participated in several international art fairs including 1:54 Contemporary African Art, London, Art Dubai, Joburg Art Fair in both 2013 and 2015, Art 15: London’s Global Art Fair and LOOP Video Art Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

Adejoke Tugbiyele is the recipient of several awards including being named Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015, a Fulbright U.S. Student Fellowship in 2013, the 2014 Serenbe Artist-in-Residence, the 2013 Amalie Rothschild Award, and the 2012 William M. Phillips Award for best figurative sculpture. In 2014, images of her sculptural works graced the first-ever United States publication of poetry by the African Poetry Book Fund. Her work has been mentioned and featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Artsy, Financial Mail, This Day Live, The Feminist Wire, Okay Africa, Art South Africa, Mail & Guardian, and ArtThrob. In 2014, she appeared on CNN International as the first openly gay woman of Nigerian heritage to come out in the media. Tugbiyele received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Newark Museum and in significant private collections in the United States 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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