1984       M.F.A., Painting and Drawing., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA


1980      B.A. Fine Art (with First Class Honours), University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.




Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019    "Solo Presentation" AKAA - Also Known as Africa, (Sakhile&Me), Paris, France

Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt, Germany

2018      Skoto Gallery, New York,  NY

     Woodstock Birdcliffe Guild's Kleinert/James Center  for the Arts, Woodstock, New York

2016       Skoto Gallery, New York


2014       N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan


2011       Skoto Gallery, New York


2006      Skoto Gallery, New York


2003      Accona Gallery, Darmstadt, Germany


2000       Swiss Cottage Gallery, Camden, London


2000     Charlotte Street Gallery, London


2000      Kunst Praxis Dialogue ,   Frankfurt


1999       Bilder + Object, DKD, Wiesbaden, Germany


1999       The Horniman Museum, London


1998       Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent, UK


1998       Kunststation, Kollmitzberg, Austria


1997       Maidstone Gallery, Maidstone, Kent


1997       Galerie Goethe 53, Munich, Germany


1997           Galerie Hartl und Hermenau, Holzkirchen, Germany


1996        Hartgalerie, Germering, Munich, Germany


1994           Kunst Praxis Dialogue, Frankfurt


1995           Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany


1989          Africa Centre, London


1987          Franco-German Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria



Art Fairs

Cologne Art and Design Fair (Sakhile&Me)

AKAA Art Fair, Paris (Sakhile&Me)

1-54 London (Sakhile&Me)

2018      PRIZM Art Fair (Morton Fine Art)

Selected Group Exhibitions


2019        De Buck Gallery, New York, NY - CONJURING WHOLENESS IN THE WAKE OF RUPTURE, curated by Kilolo Luckett

2019       Summer Exhibition, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY

2019        Wild Joy, Skoto Gallery, New York, NY

2018       August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Pittsburgh, PA,

                ABSTRACT MINDED: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists; curated by me - Osi Audu, April 27 - July 22,

2018      Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa's Art        


2018      Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz New York; ; ABSTRACT MINDED: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists; curated by me - Osi Audu;                            opens January 24, 2018, and travels to the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA in April 2018


2017       Newark Museum, New Jersey; Arts of Global Africa                         


2017       N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan; ABSTRACT MINDED: Works   by Six Contemporary African Artists; curated by me - Osi                   Audu; show travelling to the Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New York in January 2018, and the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA in                         April 2018


2017       Miller Gallery, Otterbein University, Westerterville, Ohio; HOME:  Contemporary African Artists Consider Place & Identity in Our Connected World,

                curated by Carol Boram-Hays


2017       Morton Fine Art Gallery, Washington DC - UNTITLED


2015       VENICE BIENNALE, Collateral Event - Frontiers Reimagined - Museo Di Palazzo   Grimani, Venice, Italy. Exhibition titled -  Frontiers                                 Reimagined, curated by  Sundaram Tagore, and Marius Kwint - May 6 - November 22, 2015


2015    ArtsWestchester Gallery, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, New York, NEA Funded  exhibition titled -  Crossing Borders - curated by Kathleen Reckling


2014       Morton Fine Art Gallery, Washington DC -  AFRICAN ORIGINS: 4 Contemporary Artists Born in Africa and Living in the US.


2014       Sainsburys Institute for Art – Emma Jonathan Fund exhibition,UK


2012       Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey (work on permanent display)


2010      AFRICA NOW, Bonhams, New York,


2010      FIFA 2010 FINE ART PROJECT, Cape Town, South Africa


2009      Skoto Gallery, New York.


2007      Wellcome Trust Gallery, London – (work on permanent display)


2006         Body of Evidence,  Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art


2005      World Museum, Liverpool


2003         Museum of the mind , British Museum, London


2003         Journeys and Destinations, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art


2002      HEAD ON: Art with the Brain in Mind. Science Museum, London. Please see the YouTube link:


1999       African Worlds, (Permanent Exhibition) The Horniman Museum, LONDON        


1998       Africa Africa, Tobu Museum, Tokyo


1998       The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan


1998       Himeji City Museum of Art, Japan


1998       Koriyama City Museum of Art, Japan


1998       Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan


1998       The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu, Japan.


1997       Yoruba Diaspora, October Gallery, London


1997        Diversity in Contemporary African Art. The Ohio State University, USA


1996       An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; a two-year touring exhibition to five cities in Japan:-


1995      KWANNJU BIENNALE, Kwangju, Korea


1994           Yoruba Kunst Heute, Kulturklub des Europaischen Patentamts, Munich, Germany


1995       Seeing and Believing, The Economist Building, London.


1992       The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London


1991       Il Sud del Mondo: L’altra arte contemporanea, Galleria Civica Darte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy


1991       Four x 4 Installation Project, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England


1991       The Green Contemporary Art Sale, Phillips Fine Arts, London


1990     Let the canvas come to life with dark faces. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry; South London Gallery, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Ipswich Museum, Nottingham.


1985       Evolutions in Nigerian Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos


1984       X1th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, La Grange Gallery of Art, La Grange, Georgia, USA




Public/Corporate Collections


Mott-Warsh Collection & Museum, Flint, Michigan


Hood Museum, Dartmouth, New Hampshire


Fidelity Investment Corp, Boston, Massachusetts


Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey


Sony Classical, New York


The British Museum, London, UK


The Horniman Museum, London, UK


The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA


Iwalewa-Haus, Universitat Bayreuth, Germany


Wellcome Trust Collection and Gallery,  London


National Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria


Nigerian High Commission, London


Schmidtbank, Bayreuth, Germany


Addax and Oryx Group, Switzerland


Swiss Embassy, Lagos




Residences, Scholarships, Commissions and Awards


2002      Wellcome Trust commission, London


1998       Artist Residency, workshop and exhibition, Kunststation, Kollmitzberg, Austria


1997       South East Arts Grant for a Mural at the Maidstone Libaray Gallery, Maidstone, Kent,      England,  United Kingdom


1995       Kwangju Biennale, Honorable mention  award and trophy


1982       Nigerian Federal Scholarship Award for M.F.A. degree program in Painting and Drawing.


1980      Faculty of Arts prize for outstanding achievement in Fine Arts, University of Ife.




Design projects – CD Cover Design


2017       Osi Audu,  Study For Graphite Head, 1996 used for CD cover titled Three Fall & Melane - Four by the ACT label, Germany.


2001      Osi Audu, Magic Box, 2001 used as cover art for ‘THE MAGIC BOX’, John Williams’ CD, SONY CLASSICAL, NEW YORK.




International Conferences and Symposia  


2014       ACASA 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York.

I presented a paper titled – After-image: Exploring the Tangible and   Intangible through Color.


2001          British Museum, London. The Human Image.     

Presented a paper titled 'The Body is a Headrest’: another look at  the Phenomenon of Consciousness.


1997           University of London, School of Oriental And African Studies, (SOAS) Yoruba Diaspora.

Presented a paper titled ‘In search of the Inner Head: Yoruba notion of consciousness and its influence on my art’.


Public Lectures and Artist Talks


2017       Osi Audu, curator of ABSTRACT MINDED, in conversation with Laurie Ann Farrell, curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the DIA, Detroit, N'Namdi                 Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit.


2017       Visiting Artist talk, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio; September 18;  Canzani Screening Room

2015       Detroit Intitute of Arts (DIA), Arts and Minds Lecture Series; I presented a paper titled:

                After-Image: Exploring African Concept of Dualism Through Color, on April 19, 2015, 2:00 pm

2014       Osi Audu in Conversation with Michael Stone-Richards and Addie Langford, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, 8/9/2014

2014       School of Art and Art History, University of Florida. Via Skype

2012       Artists in Dialogue: Next Wave Nigeria

Newark Museum, Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 pm


2009      Conversations with a Continent: FIVE AFRICAN ARTISTS. Columbia University, New York, School of International and Public Affairs / African institute (Fall Lecture Series)


2005      Bristol University, (Biannual Public Lecture Series) Presented a paper titled Tradition

and Innovation in Yoruba Culture. Explored the concept of asha in the development of  style in Yoruba art.


2004      World Museum Liverpool, TALKS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM LIVERPOOL.

Gave a talk titled All things are secret. Looked at the notion of

Concealment and the Skin of Things, and how my art explores the phenomenon of perception


2002      Science Museum, London, (Naked Science Series of Public Lectures) Presented a paper titled - SEEING THINGS: a look at ways

 of engaging with an inner image in creativity and schizophrenia.

It was a follow-up to the exhibition - HEAD ON


1997       Maidstone Gallery, Maidstone, England, UK

Gave a talk titled – The Head As Object.  Discussed how my works at the exhibition explores some of the visual implications of concepts of the head as the seat of consciousness.






2009      FRAMING CONSCIOUSNESS IN ART: Transcultural Perspectives, Gregory Minissale,  pgs 297-298, ISBN-13: 978-9042025813 ISBN-10: 9042025816


2003      MUSEUM OF THE MIND, Mack, John,  catalogue of the exhibition, at the British Museum. P.24-  25, ISBN-13: 978-0714126371 ISBN-10: 0714126373


2003      THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE MIND, 2nd Edition,  Richard Gregory (editor).  ISBN-10: 0198662246 ISBN-13: 978-0198662242; “Yoruba                             Concept Of The Mind”, Audu, Osi, pgs 953-954


2002      HEAD ON; Exhibition catalogue, Wellcome Trust, London. P.32-37


2000      AFRICA - Arts and Cultures, Mack, John,  British Museum Press.,  pg 28-29,

                ISBN-10: 0714125482, ISBN-13: 978-0714125480


2000      NEUE KUNST in der SchmidtBank  Weiden, Beier, Ulli. ‘Auf der Suche nach dem inneren Kopf…’ p28-37, Verlag fur moderne Kunst  Nurnberg. ISBN                         3-933096-12-X


1996       ARTODAY, Lucie-Smith, Edward, p. 424-425, ISBN-10: 0714838888 ISBN-13: 978- 0714838885


1998       AFRICA-AFRICA, Toshio Shimizu, Catalogue of the exhibition, Tobu Museum Japan


1995       BEYOND THE BORDERS, catalogue - Kwangju Biennale, 1995, pages 90-93,  ISBN 89-7594-149-3



Academic positions


1994 - 2005         Teacher and Head of Art and Design, Sir Joseph Williamson's  Mathematical School, Rochester, Kent, England, UK.


2002 - 2005        Eaminer/Moderator in Art and Design for EDEXCEL, England, UK


1989 - 1994          Life Drawing Tutor, Wandsworth Adult College, (South Thames College), London, UK


1980 - 1989         Lecturer 1 (Associate Professor) in Painting and Drawing, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.










2017       Glen Mannisto, review of Absrat Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists 


2016       R. C, Baker - The VILLAGE VOICE, New York, February 16, 2016













1999       Benchemsi, Rajae. L’Afrique au Japon, Royal Air Maroc magazine, No 93, p.30-31


 1998       Tanaka, Tanko Asahi Shimbun Journal 9.9.1998


1998       AMBIANTE, Vol 23 Autumn 1998, p.9 Tobu Museum of Art, Tokyo


1998       BT (Art Magazine), October 1998. p.197 Japan


1997       Tapper, Andrea. Africas Kopfe,  Munchner Kultur, Nr 103, 6. Mai 1997, p.19


1997       Wirth, Lilo. Kuhle Kopfe – Cool Heads. NIKE New Art In Europe No 57. p.12-13


1996       Wirh, Lilo. ‘Die Reise nach innen’, Munchen Mosaik, Heft2 1996 22Jahrgang p.34 Germany


1990       Burn, Emma. ‘Osi Audu’ ,  Arts Review, November 2, p592, London


1987       Gure, Joel. ‘The Internatinal Classicist Modernist Artist’. The Herald, March 17, p.13 Nigeria.


1982       Omotunde, Soji.  ‘Osi Audu, An Emerging Master Painter’, New Times, Lagos