Odili Donald Odita

Odili Donald Odita is an artist renowned for his vibrant, large-scale abstract paintings that explore the interplay of colour, form and cultural narratives. Born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1966 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Odita's multicultural background significantly influences his artistic practice, which often reflects themes of identity, diaspora, and the socio-political landscape.

Odita earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio State University in 1988 and his Master of Fine Arts from Bennington College in 1990. His work is characterised by bold, geometric patterns and an intricate use of colour, drawing inspiration from African textiles, modernist abstraction, and the natural world.

Throughout his career, Odita has exhibited internationally, including notable shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, and the Venice Biennale. His work is part of several prestigious collections, such as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In addition to his painting practice, Odita is a Professor of Painting at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia. His contributions to the art world extend beyond his visual creations; he actively engages in discussions about art, race, and politics through lectures and writings. Odita's art continues to resonate for its powerful visual impact and its deep engagement with cultural and historical themes.

Odita is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles and, for graphic work, Cristea Roberts in London.