Abe Odedina Nigeria, b. 1960

Abe Odedina (born 1960, Ibadan, Nigeria) had a successful architecture career before starting to paint on a trip to Brazil in 2007. His compositions incorporate elements of Renaissance portraiture, devotional painting and even pop art to frame figures from diverse mythologies (Yoruba, Haitian, Ancient Greek) as well as passers-by or characters plucked from the artist’s own imagination.


Odedina, together with The Underground Museum, Los Angeles was awarded the 2017 Ellsworth Kelly Award from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, New York. Odedina’s work is in a number of major international collections including The British Government Art Collection, the Serge Tiroche Collection and the collection of Jorge Pérez.