Dr. Ademola Olugebefola is a renowned contemporary artist whose work has set standards of innovative excellence. Widely collected and published in hundreds of books, catalogs, magazines and newspapers, his work has also been featured in major museums, universities, galleries and on television in the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Japan.
His paintings, graphics and mixed media work is shown extensively on the internet. Born in the US Virgin Islands and raised in New York City, Ademola has expanded his national exhibitions to New York State’s mid Hudson Valley over the last few years. TransArt has presented his work in Newburg, Kingston and has presented his major 5 acre environmental art as part of Jazz In The Valley. In a career that spans three decades, Ademola feels these 5 acre environmental art installations Nature Symphony and MAMBO: A Tribute to Tito Puente, in concert with the music, is a portal to new spiritual and creative frontiers.
Among a spectrum of recent art, culture and special projects activity, Albany International Airport hosted his paintings and a lecture as part of a landmark exhibition in October 2000. In June 2001 Poughkeepsie’s Albert Shahinian Gallery presented Olugebefola and painter Helen Douglas in a critically acclaimed exhibition. Recent solo exhibitions and educational presentations include: IRADAC at City College; Vassar College, Poughkeepsie NY; CHI Gallery in Oakland, California; Rush Arts in Chelsea, NY; and recent group shows at Fire Patrol #5 Art and Gallery X in Harlem and Danny Simmon’s Corrider Gallery in Brooklyn. And his most recent multimedia solo shows Blues And The Abstract Truth and Goddesses and Gurus: Earth, Wind and Fire April 2005 at Savacou Gallery in the east village, are highlights of his recent work over the last few years. Having just returned from Salvador, Bahia and Rio deJaniero Brazil in February 2005 Ademola will be seen as part of a Caribbean region PBS special documentary on similarities in Brazilian culture, the British and US Virgin Islands where he was born.
Honors (partial Listing)
Commendation from the City of New York, 2000
Who's Who Among Black Americans
Who's Who in American Art
International Dictionary Biography Cambridge, England
1000 Notable Americans
Who's Who in the East
"Unison" A living work of art. This mural can be viewed at the southeast corner of West 135th St. and St. Nicholas Ave. in Manhattan. ( 27'x42' )
"Harlem Village Odyssey" permanently display, Banco Popular on 125th St., Manhattan. ( 21'x8' )
"Healing Pyramid" mixed medium, revolving sculpture permanent lobby display, Comprehensive Medical Associates, 555 Main St. Orange, NY (4' sq. by 8' high)
Select Recent Solo Exhibitions
2000 Zilkha Gallery/Wesleyan University
2000 Emerging Collector Gallery, New York, NY Works created in Harlem which toured major museums 1990-2000
1999 Archibald Arts
1960's thru 1970's drawings & recent works on paper
1998 Dance Collection Galleries, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: A retrospective of lithographs, drawings, glass etchings and mixed media work on dance.
Select Recent Group Exhibitions
1995/98 "Caribbean Visions" Contemporary Painting and Sculpture (Tour)
1997/99 "Seeing Jazz" Sponsored by the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution (Tour)
1997 Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT.
1997 San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.
1997 NCA "National Invitational" James E. Lewis Museum, Morgan State Univ., Baltimore, MD.
1997 Art of African and the Americas, Benefit, March of Dimes, Art Auction, NYC
1997 NCA National Invitational, Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture, NYC
1997 Benefit auction for the Printmaking Workshop, Leo Castelli Gallery, NYC
1997 Center for African American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1996 New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.
1996 African American Museum, Dallas, TX.
1995 Center for The Fine Arts, Miami, Florida
1994 The Orionic Suite, Gallery LA.
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