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 exhibited internationally, most recently at Maureen Paley, London (2021), Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Haute-Vienne in France (2021), Catinca Tabacaru, Bucharest (2021), The Breeder, Athens (2020), Fortnight Institute, NYC (2020), Boys’ Quarters Project Space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2019). Her work has been acquired by foundations and collections internationally, and makes part of the permanent collection of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC. Her second solo show at Fortnight Institute was in May of 2022. Fortnight Institute represents Chioma Ebinama in collaboration with Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Bucharest and Maureen Paley, London.

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

2022: Hollow Earth: Art, Caves & The Subterranean Imaginary, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK; traveling to The Glucksman, Cork, Ireland, and RAMM, Exeter, UK 

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: Tipota, Fortnight Institute, New York, NY

2021: Maureen Paley, A Spiral Shell, London

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

2022: The Company She Keeps, Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos, Nigeria

2022: Alexandre Diop, Chioma Ebinama, Anya Paintsil, Salon 94, New York, NY

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, NY

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

 

TALKS AND TEACHING

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

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

 

COLLECTIONS

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art
ILHAM Foundation, Kuala Kumpur, Malasiya
Pérez Art Museum Miami Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Tschabalala Self, New York, NY, USA
Take Two Interactive, New York, NY, USA
Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel
Wellington Management Collection, Boston, MA, USA

 
Press
Exhibitions
Bibliography

–––, Children’s Books to Celebrate Easter, Passover, and Spring 2022, publishersweekly.com, 28 March 2022

Krauss, Jennifer, Stop and Smell the Roses, nytimes.com, 1 April 2022

Young, Kevin, Ebinama, Chioma illus. Emile and the Field, Random House Children’s Books, 15 March 2022

Fisher, Maraya, 4 Emerging Fashion Photographers To Follow Now, coveteur.com, 22 January 2022

Adjoa Armah, Chioma Ebinama’s Afro-Diasporic Mythmaking, frieze.com, 25 Nov 2021

Budds, Diana, Murals on 9 City Buildings Will Help You Process Your Pandemic Feelings, curbed.com, 8 February 2021

Burlington, Gwen, Chioma Ebinama, Critics’ Picks, London, artforum.com, 30 Nov 2021

Burns, Sean, Trouillot, Terence, Stead, Chloe, Frieze Editors on the Artists and Trends of 2021, frieze.com, 17 December 2021

Cornelia, Smith, Inside My Collection: Schwanda Rountree, artsy.net, 23 July 2021

Jones, Jonathan, From The Card Counter to Diana Ross: A complete guide to this week’s entertainment, Going Out: Art, theguardian.com, 6 November 2021
Lesser, Casey, Inside My Collection: Pete Scantland, artsy.net, 29 April 2021

Machando, Danilo, Bold Colors and Surreal Compositions Upend the Monotony of Commercial Billboards, hyperallergic.com, 18 February 2021
Puri Purini, Ilaria, Friday Dispatch – Chioma Ebinama: A Spiral Shell at Maureen Paley, London, contemporaryartsociety.org, 3 December 2021
S. Cohn, Alison and Marsh, Ariana, The Culture Lover’s February Guide, harpersbazaar.com, 1 February 2021
Whitacker, Jack, Chioma Ebinama, Play is a Form of Resistance, metalmagazine.eu, 6 December 2021
–––, Chioma Ebinama, A Spiral Shell. Maureen Paley Gallery, en.martincid.com, 19 October 2021
–––, Chioma Ebinama, There are many ways to live a life, werepresent.wetransfer.com, August 2021
–––, Interview: Chioma Ebinama On Collage, Colour & Her New Exhibition At Maureen Paley, somethingcurated.com, 8 November 2021

 Bozoni, Argyro, Chioma Ebinama: A talented artist from Nigeria and her work “Leave the thorns and take the rose” at The Breeder Gallery, elculture.gr, 1 September 2020

Diakosavvas, Alexandros, Chioma Ebinama: Meet the American-Nigerian painter who exhibits in Athens, lifo.gr, 7 September 2020
Di Liscia, Valentina, Your Concise Guide to Armory Week 2020, hyperallergic.com, 2 March 2020
Ferguson, Maeri, On View at SVA in December and January: Forward-Thinking Art, Design and Storytelling, sva.edu, 15 December 2020

 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