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b. 1987, United Kingdom

Ndidi Emefiele Biography

Drawing on cultural, gendered and personal references, Ndidi Emefiele creates layered figurative compositions that, dynamic in brush stroke and in juxtaposition of colour, conjure the complexity of contemporary experience and female identity. Emerging out of the Nigerian panorama, the strength of her narrative becomes even more pronounced as she encompasses collage, textiles and traditional materials conveying a strong sense of cultural heritage and aesthetics inspired by her homeland.

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Ndidi Emefiele's incredibly vivid canvases embrace a vision of women as strong, vibrant, self-confident characters who exist in relation to each other in a universe where the maleis only noticed by his total absence. Her assertive figures make no attempt to fulfil male expectations. The depiction of enlarged heads which are traditionally said to control and predict one's destiny, and the use of extravagant glasses or CD's, become a recurring element objectifying the need for a shield against the world.

Ndidi Emefiele (b.1987) lives and works in North Hampton, UK.

She has exhibited widely both internationally and in the UK including solo/group presentations in Miami, New York, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Lagos, Johannesburg and Abuja. Emefiele forms part of private collections such as The Deighton Collection, The Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection and The Jimenez - Colon Collection. Public collections include: The Mint Museum, North Carolina, USA; The Nigerian Stock Exchange, Lagos, Nigeria and The University of South Africa, Cape Town. Importantly, she was awarded with the prestigious 'The Olive Prize 2016' (Excellence in Painting, The Slade School of Fine Art) and was among the nominees of The Future Awards Africa 2016 for Arts & Culture. Recently, she presented her works at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia in 2018 as part of the exhibition "Reclamation! Pan-African Works" from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. In 2020 Ndidi Emefiele's works were included in the exhibition 'Queen: From the Collection of CCH Pounder' at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit and 'The Cookout: Kinfolk and Other Intimacies' at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in New York.

Ndidi Emefiele Featured Artworks

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@Pleasure garden by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting
Ndidi Emefiele@Pleasure garden, 2021Acrylic and textile on canvas
200 x 300 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Untitled (beach girl) by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, mixed media, textile
Ndidi EmefieleUntitled (beach girl), 2020Acrylic, textile and paper cut-out on canvas
198 x 197 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
They came to see God by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Ndidi EmefieleThey came to see God, 2020Mixed media on canvas
209 x 296 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Sail me down deep river by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Ndidi EmefieleSail me down deep river, 2020Mixed media, acrylic on canvas
210 x 206 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Rehearsing death by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting
Ndidi EmefieleRehearsing death, 2020Mixed media on canvas
209 x 296 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Moon shield by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, mixed media
Ndidi EmefieleMoon shield, 2020Acrylic, compact disk, assorted fabrics, cut and paste paper prints, faux pearls on canvas
210 x 206 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
It's raining balls this is bliss by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing, textile
Ndidi EmefieleIt's raining balls "this is bliss", 2019–2020Acrylic, assorted textiles and pen on paper
304 x 279 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery
Hunt by Ndidi Emefiele contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ndidi EmefieleHunt, 2020Acrylic, printed paper on paper
200 x 152 cm
rosenfeld Contact Gallery

Ndidi Emefiele Recent Exhibitions

Ndidi Emefiele Represented By

rosenfeld contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom rosenfeld London

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