Overview

(b. 1988) in Maryland, USA

Lives and works in Athens, Greece

 

Chioma Ebinama is a Nigerian-American artist interested in how animism, mythology, and precolonial philosophies present a space to articulate a vision of freedom outside of Western social and political paradigms. Her practice is centered around watercolors on paper, which explore drawing and visual narrative as a meditative practice and tool for self-liberation. Her work is influenced by a myriad of sources, from West African cosmology, to folk art of the global South, to the visual language of Western religion and Eastern spiritual traditions. She has lectured and exhibited internationally, most recently at Catinca Tabacaru, Bucharest (2021), The Breeder, Athens (2020), Fortnight Institute, NYC (2020), Boys’ Quarters Project Space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2019). Her upcoming projects in  2021 include a solo with Maureen Paley in London, and a presentation at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Vienne in France. Her work has been acquired by foundations and collections internationally, and makes part of the permanent collection of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). 

 

Fortnight Institute represents Chioma Ebinama in collaboration with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery. 

Works
Biography

Chioma Ebinama (b. 1988 in Maryland, USA)

Lives and works in Athens, Greece

 

Education

2016: MFA Illustration as Visual Essay, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2010: BFA Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

 

Museums

2021: The Serpent's Eye, Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Rochechouart, France

2020-21: Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

Solo Exhibitions

2022: Forthcoming: Fortnight Institute, NY (April-May)

2021: Forthcoming: Maureen Paley, A Spiral Shell, London (October)

2021: mud & butterfliesCatinca Tabacaru Gallery, Bucharest, Romania

2020: Leave the thorns and take the rose, The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece

2020: Now I only believe in...Love, Fortnight Institute, NY

2019: Mammywater, curated by Diego Anay, BAF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2019: Anunu: Notes on the Divine Feminine, curated by Zina Saro Wiwa, Boy's Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2018: Gods of the Wilderness, curated by Bubu Ogisi, IAMISIGO Showroom, Lagos, Nigeria

2018: Penumbras, curated by Raphael Guilbert, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York, NY

2018: Ritual For A New Direction, curated by Raphael Guilbert, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, New York, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021: Nine Lives, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY 

2021: Animal Kingdom, Ame Nue, Hamburg, Germany

2021: The Point is Exactly Midway Between Two Other Points, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY

2021: On the other Side of Something, multi-site public art project, We Buy Gold, Brooklyn, NY

2020: Alien Landscape, 303 Gallery, New York, NY 

2020: Ambra Nera, curated by George Vamvakidis and Sathis Panagoulis, The Breeder Gallery, Athens, Greece

2019: Crossing the Sands, curated by Veronica Flom and Camilo Godoy, West Harlem Art Fund, Governor's Island, New York, NY

2019: Interior Landscapes, curated by Natasha Becker, Paola Gallio, Yulia Topichy, Assembly Room, New York, NY

 

Residencies

2019: Pocoapoco A.IR., Oaxaca, Mexico

2019: Studio 401 New York A.I.R., Brooklyn, NY

2019: SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

2018: 16 by 16 A.I.R., Lagos, Nigeria

2018: Canal Street Market Residency, New York, NY

 

Workshops / Talks

2020: Wide Rainbow, Drawing with water and meditative labor, art workshop with Woman's Prison Association, presented by: Maia Ruth Lee, New York, NY

2019: Arts in Parts, Mamiwata around the world, craftworkshop, 

presented by: Diwa Tamrong, Rockaway Beach, NY

2019: Wellington Management Meet the Artist Series, presented by: Karen Pfefferle Boston, MA

2019: Nomadique Artist Dinner Series, Artist Talk, presented by: Sasha Arutyonova, Brooklyn, NY

2017: Women Who Draw: Short Talks at Society of Illustrators, On Art and Survivalism, presented by: Julia Rothman, New York, NY

 

Awards

2016: Silver Medal, 3X3 Magazine International Illustration

2016: SVA Alumni Illustration Award

2016: Joan Coyne Illustration Award

2015: Joan Coyne Illustration Award

2014: Joan Coyne Illustration Award

2014: AKA Broadway Scholarship (Runner Up)

2014: Communication Arts Student Showcase

Press
Exhibitions
Bibliography

Illustrations, Emile and the Field, Author: Kevin Young, Random House Children’s Books, Make Me A World (imprint) (Upcoming 2022)

Hernandez, Jasmin, In Conversation with Chioma Ebinama: Dreamy Watercolors that Reinforce Love After the Pain, May 2020 | Link

Essay, The Pink Book, Author: Kaye Blegvad, Chronicle Books, Cover art, Girl, Author: Edna O’Brien,Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Selvin, Claire, In Seventh Edition, Spring/Break, Strange as Ever, Responds to World's Tense Cultural Climate, Mar. 6, 2018, ARTNews. online.

Harriman, Kat, Snowed Under: Armory Week 2018, Mar. 16, 2018, Ocula. online.

Gomez, Lauren Pellarano, Spring Break Forever: In conversation with Chioma Ebinama