jideka Akunyili Crosby (born in Enugu, Nigeria) currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, she creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Vibrantly patterned photo-collage areas are created from images derived from Nigerian pop culture and politics.
These elements present a visual metaphor for the layers of personal memory and cultural history that inform the experience of the present. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship ‘Genius Grant’, 2017, and the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 Shortlist.
She is the recipient of Financial Times’ Women of the Year, 2016, the Prix Canson Prize, 2016, Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015, the Next Generation Prize, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize, 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include Counterparts, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore (2017), Predecessors, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2017) and the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs (2017), Portals, Victoria Miro, London (2016), I Refuse to be Invisible, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2016) and The Beautyful Ones, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2015), staged concurrently with a solo presentation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015).
Akunyili Crosby has recently displayed work at institutional venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); the New Museum, New York (2015); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014); Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina (2014); Bronx Museum, New York (2013); La Biennale de Montreal, Canada (2016); and Modern Art Oxford, UK (2016).
Her work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Tate, The Norton Museum of Art, Zeitz MOCAA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.