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Odita, Odili Donald (Nigerian, b.1966)
Second Life, 2012


Odita, Odili Donald (Nigerian, b.1966)

Second Life


Acrylic on canvas

Signed on verso partially obscured by the frame: Odili Donald Odita

60in h x 50in w

• An Important Main Line, PA Collection
• Acquired from Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA 28 May 2013
• Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


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    Odita, Odili Donald (Nigerian, b.1966)

    Best known for his large-scale abstract paintings of brightly colored geometric patterns, Odili Donald Odita explains that “my paintings can look like scrambled reception from a television set, a disconnect from recognizable imagery, yet giving one the sense of familiarity… I am aware of television and its doctored way of transmitting information we consume on a minute-by-minute basis… that can successfully influence us in the ways that we think, act, see and feel.”

    Masterful in his use of color, Odita hand mixes each unique color intuitively, drawing on his past experiences to guide his choice and unable to reproduce an exact color the same way again. He explains, “color in itself has the possibility of mirroring the complexity of the world as much as it has the potential for being distinct.”

    Originally from Enugu, Nigeria, Odita was raised in the Midwest and later earned his bachelor’s degree in fine art at Ohio State University, and his masters in fine art at Bennington College, Vermont. Odita has exhibited extensively throughout his career, including at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati; the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York; the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; the 2004 Dakar Biennale; the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis; the New Museum, New York; and the 2007 Venice Biennale. His mural work can be seen at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham; and a three-story mural is at the Institute of Creative Arts in Miami. In 2007, he was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Odita currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is a professor of painting and drawing at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.