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Toyin Odutola

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Ife, Nigeria

Birth year

Lives in
Alabama, U.S.A

Works in
Alabama, U.S.A


Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Jan, 2015 Self: Portraits of Artists in their Absence
National Academy Museum


"Where some may see flat, static narratives, I see a spectrum of tonal gradations and realities. What I am creating is literally black portraiture with ballpoint pen ink. I'm looking for that in-between state in an individual where the overarching definition is lost. Skin as geography is the terrain I expand by emphasizing the specificity of blackness, where an individual’s subjectivity, various realities and experiences can be drawn onto the diverse topography of the epidermis. From there, the possibilities of portraying a fully-fledged person are endless."


Toyin Odutola (1985 - ) was born in Ife, Nigeria. She currently lives and works in Alabama, U.S.A. Odutola earned a BA from Alabama University and an MFA from the California College of Art in San Francisco, CA. Her work is held in public Collections including The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, and the Birmingham Museum of Art.


Born in Ife, Nigeria, 1985


California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
MFA in Painting and Drawing
University of Alabama in Huntsville
BA in Studio Art and Communications
Yale University
Norfolk Summer School of Music & Art


Toyin Odutola - TBA, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (April 2013)
Toyin Odutola: (MAPS), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Toyin Odutola: A Colonized Mind, University Center Gallery, Huntsvillle, AL


Singular Masses, Memphis College of Art, Tennessee
(January 2013)
Black Hair: Black Identity, Iona College Chapman Gallery, New Rochelle, NY
(January 2013)
Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
(February 2013)
Rendition (Collaborative Project), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
(August - September 2013)
2012 - 2013
Fore and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
(November 8, 2012–March 10, 2013)
The Progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX.
(December 1, 2012 – March 17, 2013)
Falling Through Space Drawn by the Line, UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo
(September 20–December 8, 2012)
Afro: Black Identity in America and Brazil, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
(June 1–August 31, 2012)
California College of the Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition, CCA San Francisco Campus, CA
(Curator - Glen Helfand)
Geoffrey Chadsey, Toyin Odutola and the Artifacts from Nagaland, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY.
(Curator - Claude Simard)
Frontrunners: The San Francisco Foundation 2011 Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Awards Exhibition,
SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA. (Juried by Panel)
The Black Portrait, Rush Gallery, New York, NY
(Curators - Hank Willis Thomas, Natasha L. Logan)
Selections on View, Contemporary Galleries of Birmingham Museum, Alabama
(Curator - Ron Platt)
Ουροβόρος | Ouroboros: An Exhibition & Reading, CCA Writer's Studio, San Francisco, CA
(Curators - Toyin Odutola, Nick Johnson)
Common Ground, ARTLAB33 / Art Space, Miami, FL.
(Curator - Onajide Shabaka)
Misc. Womanhood, Ori: Center for African Diasporic Culture, Oakland, CA.
(Curator - Muinat Kemi Amin)
UAHuntsville Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Huntsville, AL. (Juror - Brain Bishop)
Panoply Festival of the Arts, Huntsville City Council for the Arts. Huntsville, AL.
(Juried by Panel)
Yale/Norfolk Student Exhibition, Norfolk, CT.
(Curator - Samuel Messer)


Tamarind Institute, New Mexico (2012)
Flying Horse Editions, College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida (2012)


The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI.

Recent Exhibits

Toyin Odutola participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2014 EFA Open Studios 2014
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
May, 2014 Like the Sea
Jack Shainman Gallery 24th Street
Jan, 2014 I SEE YOU: The Politics of Being
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Oct, 2013 Six Draughtsmen
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA)
Oct, 2013 Open Studios 2013
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Oct, 2013 Seven Sisters
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
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