Odili Donald Oditaʼs paintings are meticulous abstractions set to pulsating hues. Though devoid of any discernible imagery, his works are narratives told in color, shape, and form. Oditaʼs paintings explore the intersections of figuration and abstraction as well as the conceptual and perceptual understanding of space. For his solo exhibition, Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita, curated by CAMH Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, the artist will present an installation that includes new large-scale paintings on canvas and on Plexiglas designed to dialogue with the architecture of the gallery.
Having worked in a variety of media, the artist returned to painting in the late 1990s, experimenting with color and geometric shapes upon the flat two-dimensional frame to alter the perception of space. The artist has created numerous site-specific projects in which he paints directly onto the walls of the space. For his debut exhibition at the CAMH, Odita has composed a series of paintings inspired by the architecture of the Museumʼs gallery and the vibrant community of Houston. The dynamic colors, forms, and patterns are metaphors on the complexity of the cityʼs rich cultural traditions as well as the artistʼs commentary on the larger global landscape in which we live.
About the Artist
Odili Donald Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1966 and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he works as Associate Professor of Painting at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
Odili Donald Odita received a BFA (with distinction) in painting from The Ohio State University, Columbus, and an MFA from Vermontʼs Bennington College in 1990. He has been included in many national and international group exhibitions, including 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); DAKʼART 2004, Dakar Biennial of Contemporary African Art; Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2003); Black President, New Museum, New York (2003); and 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1997). Solo exhibition and project venues include Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2007); Studio Museum in Harlem (2007); Haunch of Venison (Galerie Judin Belot), Zurich (2004); Matrix Art Project, Brussels (2003), among many others. Odita is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town.