Odili Donald Odita

GREAT DIVIDE, 2017, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 74 X 90 1/4 X 1 5/8 INCHES
Photo: Jide Alakija

Odili Donald Odita is an abstract painter whose work explores color both in the figurative historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.

In recent years, Odita has been commissioned to paint several large-scale wall installations including The United States Mission to the United Nations in New York (2011), the Savannah College of Art and Design (2012), New York Presbyterian Hospital (2012), New Orleans Museum of Art (2011), Kiasma, Helsinki (2011) and the George C. Young Federal Building and Courthouse in Orlando, Florida (2013).

Odita has had several solo exhibitions in museums and institutions across the globe including Savannah College of Art and Design; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Studio Museum in Harlem; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; and Princeton University.

Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria and lives and works in Philadelphia. He has been the recipient of a Penny McCall Foundation Grant in 1994, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2001, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 2007. Also in 2007, his large installation Give Me Shelterwas featured prominently in the 52nd Venice Biennale exhibition Think With The Senses, Feel With the Mind, curated by Robert Storr.

GREAT DIVIDE, 2017, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 74 X 90 1/4 X 1 5/8 INCHES
CODE SWITCH, 2017, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 92 1/8 X 68 X 1 5/8 INCHES

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  1. totally agree with your point of not seeing a content right away from just looking at the artwork, Brainard, but the work, its beauty and realms of layers are quite grasping and it does call you in to it, inside to find out what is the artist really thinking, showing to us, communicating. In my view its great if artwork calls for it. just Great!

  2. […] Odili Donald Odita is involved in multiple projects. He recently exhibited in a one person show at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town before working on a number of installations with various collaborators. […]