2018 Triennial Archive

Odili Donald Odita

View Odili Donald Odita’s colorful FRONT mural later this summer, put on in part of Canvas City. The mural will be on display in downtown Cleveland on the Halle Bros. Parking Garage’s east-facing exterior wall daily from dawn to dusk.

Production August 2018

Location: 1212 Huron Rd E, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA


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Artist Biography

Born in 1966 in Enugu, Nigeria, Odita lives in Philadelphia, where he is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Solo shows have been held at Savannah College of Art & Design Museum of Art, Savannah (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2010); the Project Series at the Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University (2009); and Miami Art Museum (2002); in addition to Stevenson in Cape Town and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.

He inaugurated the Project Space at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, with the site-specific mural Equalizer (2007), with further commissions Third Space for the Ramp Project at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); Flow (2007-2008) at the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati; and Give Me Shelter at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Odita recently participated in Open Source: Engaging Audiences in Public Space for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, and produced two further murals for Nasher10, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, in 2015.

Group exhibitions include Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2015); ARS 11 at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011); The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); Ordering and Seduction at Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2006); Parallel Economies at Wertz Contemporary, Atlanta, Georgia (2006); the 2004 Dakar Biennale; A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad at the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2003); and Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti at the New Museum, New York (2003).

He was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant for 2007.