Odili Donald Odita: The Velocity of Change

painting by Odili Donald Odita
Chasm (2015), acrylic on canvas, 60" x 120".
painting by Odili Donald Odita
First Light (2015), acrylic latex on wood panel, 96" x 48" x 3/4".
painting by Odili Donald Odita
Fissure (2015), acrylic on canvas, 72" x 90".
painting by Odili Donald Odita on the side of a building
Steve Weinik for City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. photo / Our House
series of paintings by Odili Donald Odita on the side of a building
Time Bridge (2015), installation at YMCA Nasher Museum of Art.
series of paintings by Odili Donald Odita on the side of a building
Time Bridge (2015), installation at YMCA Nasher Museum of Art.

Odili Donald Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City. Odita has been a professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2006. He was a visiting critic in painting at the Yale University School of Art from 2003 to 2005, and an associate professor in painting from 2000 to 2006 at Florida State University. During the 1990s, Odita was a critic for Flash Art International and a consulting editor and writer for NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art.

Odita has exhibited in numerous one-person and group shows nationally and internationally, including the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, curated by Robert Storr. Odita has completed wall painting commissions for the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (2015); the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center (2012); and the U.S. Mission to the U.N., New York City (2010), among others. Odita is represented by the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City; and the Stevenson Gallery, Capetown.