Adejoke Tugbiyele, ‘Shifting the Waves’, 2017, Amref Health Africa: Benefit Auction 2018

Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning, queer, black artist and advocate. She was a featured participant in CultureSummit 2017-Abu Dhabi, is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, one of 100 Leading Global Thinkers in 2015, and a U.S. Fulbright Student Alumni. In work ranging from subtle to unflinching, Adejoke Tugbiyele explores LGBTQ human rights issues around the world, and her own identity as a queer woman of Nigerian descent. For her, art and activism are inextricably linked. As she describes, “Activism helps me stay in touch with the issues and ideas I respond to in my work. My work in turn educates and empowers others in the LGBT movement in Nigeria and beyond. Both depend on each other.” Her work is in the collection is in Mad Museum's permanent collection.

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Image rights: Courtesy of: Adejoke Tugbiyele

SOLO SHOWS 2015 Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Testimony GROUP SHOWS 2016 Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, Disguise: Masks and Global African Art 2015 Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, Speaking Back FAIR HISTORY ON ARTSY 2018 October Gallery at Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2018 2016 October Gallery at Art16 2015 October Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2015 2014 October Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair 2014 GO TO ADEJOKE TUGBIYELE’S ARTIST PAGE

This work is a studio print. Tugbiyele's work has been published in the New York Times, ArtNews, The Creators Project, Mail & Guardian Online, NJ.com, and Memphis Magazine.

Studio Print - Adejoke Tugbiyele

About Adejoke Tugbiyele

In work ranging from subtle to unflinching, Adejoke Tugbiyele explores LGBTQ human rights issues around the world, and her own identity as a queer woman of Nigerian descent. For her, art and activism are inextricably linked. As she describes, “Activism helps me stay in touch with the issues and ideas I respond to in my work. My work in turn educates and empowers others in the LGBT movement in Nigeria and beyond. Both depend on each other.” In her earlier work, Tugbiyele focused on Nigerian female identity. Though she is now recognized for tackling LGBTQ concerns in her sculptures, textiles, mixed media paintings, drawings, and videos, it was not until 2012 that she felt comfortable enough with her own sexuality to embrace such subjects. She has done this in, for example, expressive sculptures of figures marginalized by society because of their sexuality.

American, b. 1977, based in New York, NY, United States