Osi Audu

Osi Audu is a Nigerian American artist whose work explores the dualism of the tangible and intangible in the mind/body relation. Inspired by the abstract geometric possibilities he sees in African Art and cultural objects, his work focuses on the human head as a center of waking and dreaming consciousness, and references Yoruba ideas about the “inner head” and its associations with full potential, character and personality. His Self-Portraits, which refer to the intangible self, rather than a literal portrait of the artist, investigate the issues of identity rooted in his cultural experiences growing up in Nigeria, as well as broader metaphysical, scientific, and social concepts of self.

Audu’s work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including the Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Africa Africa, Tobu Museum, Tokyo; and Museum of the Mind, British Museum, London.

Audu’s work is in a number of museum and corporate collections, including Newark Museum; The National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; British Museum, London; Horniman Museum and Gardens, London; Hood Museum of Art, New Hampshire; Mott-Warsh Collection; Sony Classical, New York; and Fidelity Corporation Art Collection, Boston, MA.

Osi Audu is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant 2018/2019; a Wellcome Trust Commission and purchase award, 2002; and the South East Arts Grant for a Mural, Maidstone, England, UK, 1997. Audu received his art education at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA (M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing); and at the University of Ife, Nigeria (B.A. in Fine Art).

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