Catinca Tabacaru Gallery Collective

Chioma Ebinama

CHIOMA EBINAMA BORN 1988, USA
LIVES AND WORKS BETWEEN LAGOS AND ATHENS

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. This collision of aesthetics is indicative of Ebinama’s nomadic life, where in her travels, she has collaborated with local artists to make textiles, sculptures, and wearable art.

Ebinama has mounted solo exhibitions at Catinca Tabacaru in New York City (2018), Boys’ Quarters Project Space in Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2019), Fortnight Institute NYC (2020), and The Breeder in Athens (2020). In 2021, she will mount projects with Catinca Tabacaru in Bucharest, Maureen Paley in London, and 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).

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

BORN 1988, MARYLAND, USA
NIGERIAN; CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN ATHENS

EDUCATION

2016
School of Visual Arts – MFA Illustration as Visual Essay
2010
Boston College – BFA Sociology Chestnut Hill, MA

MUSEUM & BIENNIAL EXHIBITIONS

2021

Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne (forthcoming)

2020

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

2018
In a Silent Way, Dak’Art Biennial Off-Site, Dakar, Senegal; Co-Curators: Bisi Silvia & Stephanie Baptist

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021

Maureen Paley, London (forthcoming)
Galeria Catinca Tabacaru, Bucharest

2020

Leave The Thorns And Take The Rose, The Breeder, Athens
Now I only believe in… Love, Fortnight Institute, New York

2019

mammywater, BAF Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Anunu: Notes on the Divine Feminine, Boys’ Quarters Project Space, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Curator: Zina Saro Wiwa

2018
Gods of the Wilderness, IAMISIGO Showroom, Lagos, Nigeria; Curator: Bubu Ogisi
penumbras, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York; Curator: Raphael Guilbert
Ritual For A New Direction, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Curator: Raphael Guilbert, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
This Point is Exactly Midway Between Two Other Points, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn; Curators: Brooke Tomiello and Paul Keefe
2020

Alien Landscape, 303 Gallery, New York
Ambra Nera, The Breeder, Athens

2019

Crossing The Sands Art Exhibition, Governor’s Island, Nolan Park 10; Curated by the West Harlem Art Fund
Playground, Dotfiftyone Gallery, Miami; Curators: Veronica Flom & Camilo Godoy
Interior Landscapes, Assembly Room, New York; Curators: Natasha Becker, Paola Gallio, Yulia Topichy
Proceso-Progreso, La Salita, New York; Curators: Elena K Gonzalez & Diego Anaya

BOOKS / PUBLICATIONS

2022

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

2019

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

RESIDENCIES

2019
pocoapoco A.I.R., Oaxaca, Mexico
Studio 401 New York A.I.R., Brooklyn, NY
2018
16 by 16 / A.I.R., Lagos, Nigeria
Canal Street Market Residency, New York

AWARDS

2016
Silver Medal, 3×3 Magazine International Illustration
SVA Alumni Illustration Award
2015
Joan Coyne Illustration Award
2014
Joan Coyne Illustration Award

COLLECTIONS

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
ILHAM Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, Malasiya
Tschabalala Self, New York
Ayan Farah, Stockholm

Chioma Ebinama Acquisition by
Jorge Pérez Collection Miami
Anwulili made us in Her likeness (Conception sequence) & Our Conception (2018)
October 2020