Njdeka Akunyili Crosby

b. 1983 Enugu, Nigeria                                                                                                           
Resides in Los Angeles


Nijideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She was one of Financial Times’ 2016 Women of the Year, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize. She is the recipient of the Prix Canson Prize, 2016, Foreign Policy’s Leading 100 Global Thinkers of 2015, the New Museum’s Next Generation Prize, 2015, the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015, and the Smithsonian’s James Dicke Contemporary Art Prize, 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include I Refuse to be Invisible, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach (2016) and The Beautyful Ones, Art + Practice, Los Angeles (2015), staged concurrently with a solo presentation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015). Akunyili Crosby has recently displayed work at institutional venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); the New Museum, New York (2015); and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014). Her work is in the collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Tate, The Norton Museum of Art, Zeitz MOCAA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.