Visual Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby is our #OSGWCW this Week
Our #OSGWCW this week a Nigerian-born visual artist working in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Late Dora Akunyili.
Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born and raised in Enugu state until she left the country at age 16 to further her education.
She earned a BA from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven.
Her works on paper combine collage, drawing, painting, printmaking, and photo transfers. Akunyili Crosby negotiates the cultural terrain between her adopted home in America and her native home in Nigeria, creating works that expose the challenges of occupying these two worlds.
Njideka has participated in artist residency programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), the Bronx Museum AIM, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program.
She creates a sophisticated visual language that pays homage to the history of Western painting while also referencing African cultural traditions. She was among the 24 winners of the 2017 MacArthur “Genius” grant. This grant is typically awarded to talented American artists, writers, painters and scientists.
Njideka Akunyili has been making waves in the art world abroad, dozens of wealthy collectors queue to buy her latest works in Los Angeles.
She opened her first European solo show at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London on October 4th, 2016. She works mostly on paper, with her creations subtly radiating her Nigerian heritage.
We celebrate Njideka as our woman crush.