Temitayo Ogunbiyi

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Born1984 (age 38–39)
Rochester, New York
  • BA
  • MA in art history
Alma mater
  • Princeton University
  • Columbia University
  • Contemporary artist
  • Curator
Known forconstructing Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina(Italian contemporary art museum) Naples, Italy
  • Smithsonian Artist in Research Fellowship
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship

Temitayo Ogunbiyi (born in 1984)[1] is a Nigerian based contemporary artist and curator. Ogunbiyi is known for her exhibition featured in several museums and the most popular being the the playground at Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, in Italy, which she titiled "you can play in everyday, running" in 2020.[2]

Early life And education

Temitayo Ogunbiyi was born in 1984 in Rochester, New York. she grewed up in Gwynedd and attended the Wissahickon High School in Montgomery County, US.[1][2] She earned a BA from Princeton University, New Jerseyi, in 2006 and later received her masters in art history from Columbia University, New York, US, in 2011.[3][4] Ogunbiyi currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria for about the past nine years.[1][2][5][6] In her own words, Temitayo Ogunbiyi's creative work was largely influenced by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s.[5]


Temitayo Ogunbiyi, In 2018, built her first active playground, by composting construction materials and conventional household items.[7] Her artworks have been featured in many prestigious exhibitions including the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts at St Louis and the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, both in 2012 and at Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Art, Lagos in 2013. Recently, her art works were were also featured at Tiwani Contemporary, London and in the 2nd Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Art, in 2016 and 2019 respectively. Other places where her artwork featured were the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn New York, Perm Art Museum in Russia, the Dom Umenia Bratislava in Slovakia, Berlin Art Projects and the Fries Museum in Berlin.[3][6] Her playground project was also featured in a curatorial publication commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018.[3] In November 2019, Ogunbiyi constructed a play ground titiled "You Will Find Playgrounds Among the Palm Trees" at the second Lagos biennial.[7][8][9] "you will find play ground among palm tress" had historical significance that implores the voyage of the enslaved Africans to Colombia. The playground led to the commision of her latest exhibition in 2020, in italy by Kathryn Weir, the current artistic director of the Museo Madre, Naples, Italy.[7][9] In 2020 Temitayo Ogunbiyi, had a solo exhibitio and contructed a playgroud which she titled "You Will Play in the Everyday, Running"(Giocherai nel Quotidiano, Correndo?: italian) at the Italian meseum, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Italian contemporary art museum) in the southern italian city of Naples.[8] The playground which is a random lines and bars of iron rods visually refrencing house deviced body building gymn equipments traditionally improvised by men in lagos, art works of Louise Bourgeois and Tim Burton is conceptually an attempt to represent a tranportation link between Lagos and Naples usign on Google Map lines as reference. The playground also conceptualized the cooking traditions in the Campania region, of which the museum in located.[4][7][2] Ogunbiyi have constructed three functional playgrounds to date.


Ogunbiyi is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Smithsonian Artist in Research Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship.[3]

Selected exhibition

  • Capillarité, 31 project, at Paris - France in 2019.[10]
  • You will find peace and play among palm trees, at Freedom Park Playground, Lagos, Nigeria in 2018.[10]
  • Nothing in Nature is Private, at Medium Tings Gallery, Brooklyn, New York – USA in 2017.[10]
  • A Nightmare's Daydreams, at Freedom Park, Lagos, Nigeria. 2014.[11]
  • Am I a thief? in 2012 at the Freies Meseum Berlin.[12]
  • Extended Extensions, at Lucas Gallery, Princeton University, Princeton. 2006.[13]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "10th Berlin Biennale, Nomaduma Rosa Masilela: Strange Attractors". 10th Berlin Biennale. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Forbes: Artist with Gwynedd Roots Creates Playground Instillation for Italy Museum". MONTCO.TODAY. Retrieved 20 September 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Exhibition Temitayo Ogunbiyi You will play in the everyday, running". museo madre. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "In Naples, Temitayo Ogunbiyi Creates A Playground Where Children Can Play Freely". forbes. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Temitayo Umolu-Bio". Artland. Retrieved 23 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ogunbiyi, Temitayo". !-54 contemporary african art fair. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "TEMITAYO OGUNBIYI AND HER PLAYFUL VISIONS FOR NAPLES". This Day. Retrieved 20 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Temitayo Ogunbiyi Biography". mutual art. Retrieved 20 September 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Proctor, Rebecca Anne. "The Second Lagos Biennial Takes Over a Former Government Building to Imagine What Would Happen If Artists Were in Charge of Our Future". Artnet News. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "TEMITAYO OGUNBIYI". 31 project. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  11. Ajao, Adewole (17 August 2014). "Nigeria: Ogunbiyi's Questions and Interactions". allafrica. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  12. Kinsman, Houghton (24 July 2015). "Tracing Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in Nigeria". Another Africa. Retrieved 29 September 2020.
  13. Quiñones, Eric. "Challenging issues of identity in the art world". Princeton University. Retrieved 29 September 2020.

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