Amoda, Olu
Born 1959 in Wari, Nigera
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Olu Amoda is a sculptor and mixed media artist recognized for his metal sculptural works made from industrial detritus. Amoda depicts hybrid animals, humans, and flora-inspired forms to explore gender, privacy, consumerism and economic distribution in relation to contemporary Nigeria. In his latest body of work, he addresses the notion of a nation under political impasse. He uses foliage and the changing seasons as a metaphor for human relationships and shifts in the political climate. Amoda is the recipient of the Grand Prix Léopold Sédar Senghor at Dak’Art (2014). His notable exhibitions include Season II, Art Twenty One, Lagos (2017); The Global Africa Project, Museum of Art & Design, New York (2011); Out of the Ordinary, Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2007); and Objects of Art, Didi Museum, Lagos (2005). Amoda’s work is held in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Newark Museum; Fondation Blachère, Apt and the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Luanda.
Olu Amoda, Encrypt, 2015-2017, Repurposed plywood, glass and mild steel, 271 x 208 cm. Courtesy Art Twenty One