Just Won an NYFA Fellowship Award !!!

Excited to share that I have just won a New York Foundation for the Arts
Fellowship award in the "Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts" discipline. I am so thrilled
to be a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow! Full details at

Osi Audu Instagram Live Studio Visit, July 15, 2020

Featured on CBS2 News at Noon - July 2, 2020


Curated by Osi Audu

Participating artists:
Osi Audu, Nicholas Hlobo, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Odili Donald Odita, Nnenna Okore, Elias Sime
  • N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (Detroit MI) October 6, 2017 - January 6, 2018
  • Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz NY) January 24 - April 15, 2018
  • August Wilson Center, (Pittsburgh PA), April 27 - July 8, 2018

OSI AUDU, Self-Portrait: after Ogoni Head, 2017, pastel and graphite on paper mounted on canvas, 56.5 x 92 inches,
(one of my four works in Abstract Mined).

UPCOMING EXHIBITION at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Kleinert James Center for the Arts, (Woodstock NY) October 19 - December 2, 2018



OSI AUDU, self-Portrait: after a Calabash Mask, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24 inches  (will be showing as part of my upcoming solo exhibition at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in October 2018)
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New work, Self-Portrait: Benin Head, 2016 - showing in "UNTITLED" at Morton Fine Art Gallery, Washington DC. Exhibition opens January 12.

OSI AUDU, Self-Portrait: Benin Head, 2016, graphite and pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 36 x 40 ins.

Hood Museum's Recent Acquisition
The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire has just acquired one of my drawings - Self-Portrait:The Bearded, 2015, graphite and pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 56 x 72 ins

OSI AUDU, Self-Portrait - The Bearded, 2015, graphite and pastel on paper mounted on canvas, 56 x 72 ins

exhibitions and public lectures


2016        OSI AUDU - New Portraits: Self in the Global Age

                   Solo exhibition at Skoto Gallery, New York. January 14 - February 20, 2016.





    OSI AUDU in the Village Voice, New York

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"Osi Audu was born in Nigeria..., and his shape-shifting drawings derive partly from the Yoruba concept that the human head encompasses a duality of spirit and matter, mind and body. Combining layered graphite and fathomless black pastel edged with sleek white lines, each of Audu’s renderings oscillates between a depiction of an empty and oddly shaped container — imagine a hatbox with tendrils — and a space-warping geometric abstraction. The graphite planes shimmer like sheet metal, seemingly enclosing dark expanses rimmed with light.

Segueing between three-dimensional representation and vivid graphic design, Audu’s work encourages mind games that summon unexpected allusions. With its cartoonish curves, Self-Portrait No. 57 (2015) recalls the line drawing Alfred Hitchcock made of himself for his television show, which, during the opening titles, would be filled with the director’s own shadow. Audu delivers a similar sense of disembodied animation, flummoxing the brain as his velvety surfaces dazzle the eye. Some future production of Hamlet could up the metaphysical ante by using one of these drawings as a stand-in for Yorick’s skull."

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2015       Venice Biennale Collateral Event - Frontiers Reimagined - Museo Di Palazzo                       Grimani, Venice, Italy. Exhibition titled -  Frontiers Reimagined                                                                   Sundaram Tagore Foundation- Gala opening preview  May 6, 2015 Open till 22nd of                             November.

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OSI AUDU, Self-Portrait II, 2015, pastel and graphite on paper mounted on canvas, 56.5 x 76.5 inches (Showing at the
Venice Biennale collateral event exhibition - Frontiers Reimagined, Palazzo Grimani Museum till Nov. 22, 2015)

OSI AUDU, Self-Portrait II, 2015, pastel and graphite on paper mounted on canvas, 56.5 x 76.5 inches (Showing at the
Venice Biennale collateral event exhibition - Frontiers Reimagined, Palazzo Grimani Museum till Nov. 22, 2015)

2015       Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Arts and Mind Lecture Series.  I shall be presenting a                    paper  titled -  After-Image: Exploring African Concept of Dualism Through Color, on                          April 19, 2015, 2:00PM. For more information, please visit -

2015       ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains, New York, NEA Funded                                  exhibition titled -  Crossing Borders - Large scale wall drawing and painting on canvas                          - opening March 15, 2015 12 -5 PM





Osi Audu: In Dialogue with Michael Stone-Richards and Addie Langford, at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit on 8/9/14



May 16 - August 16, 2014

The N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (Detroit) features:in The Black Box Gallery "Thinginess and Nothingness" by Nigerian born New York artist Osi Audu, whose geometric works on canvas invite the viewer to experience the visual imagery effects of "after-images" and examine the qualifications of a "self-portrait." 

Osi AUDU, Self-Portrait XXV, 2014

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 17   6:00 - 9:00PM

 N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 East Forest, Detroit, Michigan 48201

Morton Fine Arts Gallery, 1781 Florida Ave NW 20009, Washington DC

AFRICAN ORIGINS - 4 Contemporary Artists Born in Africa and Living in the US featuring OSI AUDU, ROSEMARY FEIT COVEY, VICTOR EKPUK and NNENNA OKORE

April 25- May 20, 2014


ACASA 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art

March 19 - 22, 2014, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn New York.
Osi Audu - Paper Title: After-Image: Exploring the Tangible and Intangible through Color.
Panel title - Red, white, black and more: sensing, defining and performing color

Osi - In Conversation with Anthony Shelton, curator - Horniman Museum, London

"The Seeing Mind" (2002)


Artists in Dialogue: Next Wave Nigeria
at the Newark Museum.

Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 pm
Reception in the Engelhard Court, 6-7 pm
Free with suggested admission.
Pre-registration is required, call 973.596.6613.

Guest artists: Marcia Kure, Nnenna Okore and Osi Audu
Moderator: Christa Clarke, Senior Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Americas

Sponsored by the Friends of African Art.

Newark Museum's Recent Acquisition
The Newark Museum has just acquired one of my large diptych paintings - "Outer and Inner Head," 2002, acrylic and wool on canvas, diptych: 48x48 inches (each panel):

Please click on links below to view articles on-line

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

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

Newark Museum's online article on Outer and Inner Head, 2002

Inspiration Africa – I have a landscape in my Head at the Horniman


Framing consciousness in Art: Transcultural Perspectives


Yoruba concept of the Mind - by Osi Audu

Museum of the Mind – show at the British Museum

NKA – Journal of contemporary African Art


African Affairs  -
Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Africa: Crisis or renaissance?

National Museum of African Art Washington DC


Horniman Museum Collections


Talking Head

Trans-figure 1995


Body of Water - article on Osi Audu

Journeys and destinations


Publications by Osi Audu

HEAD ON – Art with the Brain in Mind

Bristol University Autumn Lectures