Toyin Odutola

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Lonely Chambers (T.O.), 2011, pen ink and marker drawing on paper drawing by Toyin Odutola

Toyin Odutola (born 1985) is an artist who was born in Ife, Nigeria. She received a BA in Studio Art and Communications from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2008. She also received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012.

Forbes featured Odutola in its 2012 list of 30 notable individuals under 30 in the category "Art & Style."[1]

Odutola is best known for her self-portrait drawings, entirely or primarily done in black pen ink.

The National Museum of African Art (Washington DC) and the Honolulu Museum of Art are among the public collections holding works by Odutola.[2]

She is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.[3]


  • Smalls, Lola, “Toyin Odutola”, Greedmont Park Magazine, No.4 (Fall 2011). New York, NY.
  • Cotter, Holland, “Museum and Gallery Listings for June 17–23, Toyin Odutola: ‘Maps’ at Jack Shainman Gallery”, The New York Times, 16/17 June 2011.
  • Abiola, Yomi, “Toyin Odutola: Drawing as a tool for change. -”. Vogue Italia, 9 June 2011.
  • Chtena, Natascha, “Interview with artist Toyin Odutola”, Think Africa Press, 30 May 2011.

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