b. 1983, Enugu, Nigeria

Education

2011

  • MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

2006

  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2004

  • BA (Honors), Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2013

  • I Always Face You, Even When it Seems Otherwise, Two-Person Show with Simone Leigh, Tiwani Contemporary, London
  • Domestic Experiences, Foreign Interiors, Two-Person Show with Doron Langberg, Sensei Exchange, New York, NY
  • I Still Face You, Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN (Solo)
  • New Works, Two-Person Show with Abigail DeVille, Gallery Zidoun, Luxembourg

2012

  • Art Statements, Tilton Gallery, Art Basel 43, Basel

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

  • Draped Down, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
  • Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Meeting in Brooklyn, curated by Monica Lenaers, Landcommandery of Alden-Biesen, Bilzen, Belgium
  • Shakti, Brand New Gallery, Milan

2013

  • Jump Cut, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
  • Housewarming, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bronx Calling: The Second Bronx Biennial, Bronx Museum, NY
  • Cinematic Visions, Paintings at the Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
  • Exhibition of Works by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY
  • Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY

2012

  • Primary Sources, The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York, NY
  • Waiting For The Queen, Diker Gallery, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
  • Group Show, Clifford Chance US LLP, New York, NY
  • Lost and Found: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures, Museum of New Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
  • Configured, curated by Teka Selman, Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY

2011

  • The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (Catalog)
  • Collage Perspectives, Swarthmore College List Gallery, Swarthmore, PA
  • Paperwork, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
  • Yale MFA Thesis Show, Green Gallery, New Haven, CT
  • CAA New York Area MFA Exhibition, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Bibliography

2014

  • Smee, Sebastian, “Many Techniques, Much to Ponder, in ‘Rest of Her Remains’,” Boston Globe, March 4, 2014
  • Ong, Amandas, “Showcase: Njideka Akunyili,” Elephant, Issue 17 – Winter 2013-14

2013

  • Wyatt, Daisy, “Things Fall Into Two Parts: Artist Njideka Akunyili Tells a New Nigerian Story,” The Independent, October 17, 2013
  • Merjian, Ara H., Vitamin D2, Phaidon, London, UK. 2013
  • Abbe, Mary, “Do Believe the Hype,” Star Tribune, June 28, 2013
  • Steinhauer, Jillian, “Getting an International Glimpse at Open Studios,” Hyperallergic.com, April 30, 2013
  • Rose-Shapiro, Annette, “Feast for the Eyes,” ARTnews, February 2013
  • Otas, Belinda, “The Ones to Get to Know in 2013,” New African Woman, Issue 18

2012

  • Davies, Catriona, “Artist Joins Nigeria’s ‘Cultural Explosion,’” CNN – Inside Africa, October 23, 2012
  • Ossei-Mensah, Larry, “Collage Graduate,” Arise Magazine, Issue 17
  • Fialho, Alex, “‘Primary Sources’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem,” Art Fag City, Octobber 17, 2012
  • Cotter, Holland, “Primary Sources,” The New York Times, July 20, 2012
  • Elliott, Bobby, “Primary Sources, The Studio Museum’s Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition,” Huffington Post, June 17, 2012
  • Mokgosi, Meleko and Simmons, Xaviera, “In the Studio With the 2011-12 Artists In Residence,” Studio Magazine, Summer/Fall 2012
  • Sutton, Benjamin and Fine, Bill, “Tilton Gallery Sells Out Art Basel Booth of Njideka Akunyili Collages in Half an Hour,” Artinfo, June 18, 2012
  • Copley, Caroline. “Art Basel Tests Buyers’ Instincts in Time of Crisis,” Reuters, June 13, 2012
  • Jovanovic, Rozalia, “Jonathan Safran Foer Co-Curates Retrospective Exhibition of Fictional Painter,” Gallerist NY, June 13, 2012
  • Darke, Colin. “Found: Compelling New Art Center in Detroit (Introduction to Passenger),” Huffington Post, April 30, 2012

2011

  • Cotter, Holland. “A Griot for a Global Village,” The New York Times, December 8, 2011
  • Elliott, Bobby. “The Bearden Project: A Family Affair,” Huffington Post, December 7, 2011
  • Newhall, Edith. “Painterly Collages,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2011
  • _ _ _. “MFA Annual 2011,” New American Paintings, April/May, 2011
  • Zevitas, Steven. “Tomorrow’s Art Stars Today: New American Paintings Presents the MFA Annual,” Huffington Post, April 18, 2011

2010

  • McComic, Katherine. “The Study of Art,” Yale Daily News, October 12, 2010

2008

  • Tammaro, Tina. “Turning Students into Artists at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,” American Artist Drawing, Spring 2008

Residencies and Grants

2013

  • The Space Program at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation
  • Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters
  • International Studio and Curatorial Program, sponsored by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust
  • Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant
  • Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace program

2012

  • Acadia Summer Arts Program, Acadia, ME

2011

  • Artist-In-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Carol Schlosberg Memorial Prize for Excellence in Painting, Yale University

2010

  • Gamblin Painting Prize, Yale University

2009

  • The Coverley-Smith Prize, Woodmere Art Museum

2003

  • Jonathan Altman Art Grant, Swarthmore College

Teaching

2012

  • Visiting Instructor of Painting , “Senior Thesis,” Maryland Institute College of Art

2011

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art, “Life Drawing,” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
  • Teaching Assistant to Robert Reed, “Introductory Painting,” Yale University School of Art

2010

  • Teaching Assistant to Robert Reed, “Basic Drawing,” Yale University School of Art

Public Collections

  • Yale University Art Gallery
  • The Rubell Family Collection
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • The Tate Modern