Adejoke Tugbiyele’s work is informed by a sophisticated discourse on traditional philosophical concepts, and a deep understanding of the aesthetic and cultural character of the African continent. Her sculptural process combines the weaving of fibrous materials such as palm spines around light metal structures, producing abstract figurative forms with universal elements of androgyny, armour, flight, seduction, myth and mystery. Handling her material within a formalist sculptural framework, combined with an experimental approach, Tugbiyele creates work that is persistently innovative, and ignores boundaries between different cultural heritages and social constraints.
Tugbiyele’s multimedia work has been exhibited in reputable institutions around the world including Nigeria, USA, France, South Africa, Poland, Spain, and the UK. Her pieces can be found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Newark Museum, Credit Suisse Bank and in significant private collections in the US, UK, and Hong Kong.