1984    M.F.A., Painting and Drawing., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA

  1980    B.A. First Class Honours, Fine Art. University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

  1994    P.G.C.E.  Canterbury, Christ Church College, University of Kent, England.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

        2016   Skoto Gallery, New York, Osi Audu - New Portraits: Self in the Global Age
        2014   N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan

          2011    Skoto Gallery, New York

 2006    Skoto Gallery, New York

 2003     Accona Gallery, Darmstadt, Germany

 2000    Tooth Fairy Tales, The Gallery. Swiss Cottage, London

 2000    Charlotte Street Gallery, London

 2000    Kunst Praxis Dialogue ,   Frankfurt

 1999    Bilder + Object, DKD, Wiesbaden, Germany

 1999     The Moon Is the Eye Of The Sky.  The Horniman Museum, London

 1998     Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent, UK

 1998     Kunststation, Kollmitzberg, Austria

 1997     Maidstone Gallery, Maidstone, Kent

 1997     Galerie Goethe 53, Munich, Germany

 1997     Galerie Hartl und Hermenau, Holzkirchen, Germany

 1996     Hartgalerie, Germering, Munich, Germany

  1995     Kunst Praxis Dialogue, Frankfurt

  1994     Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

  1989     Africa Centre, London

  1987     Franco-German Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria



Selected Group Exhibitions

        2015    Venice Biennale, Collateral Event exhibition - FRONTIERS REIMAGINED, curated by Sundaram Tagore and Marius Kwint. Museo Palazzo Grimani
        2015    CROSSING BORDERS, ArtsWestchester, White Plains, New York

           2014    Morton Fine Art, Washingon DC; AFRICAN ORIGINS: 4 Contemporary Artists born in Africa and Living in the US
        2014    Sainsburys Institute for Art, Emma Jonathan Fund Exhibition, UK

           2011    Summer Show, Skoto Gallery
        2011    OUT OF AFRICA, (curated exhibition),  Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, New York.

        2010    ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD, (International, Curated Exhibition), Soho Studios, Miami

          2010     AFRICA NOW, Bonhams, New York,

        2010    FIFA 2010 FINE ART PROJECT, Cape Town , South Africa

        2009     Skoto Gallery, New York.

          2008     Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, New York

        2007     Wellcome Trust Gallery, London – Permanent  Exhibition
Body of Evidence,  Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art

         2007     Skoto Gallery, New York

          2005      World Museum, Liverpool
Museum of the mind , British Musuem, London
Journeys and Destinations, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African Art

          2002     HEAD ON: Art With The Brain In Mind. Science Museum, London.

         1999     African Worlds, (Permanent Exhibition) The Horniman Museum, LONDON         

  1998     Africa Africa, Tobu Museum, Tokyo

  1997    Yoruba Diaspora, The October Gallery, London

  1997    Diversity in Contemporary African Art. The Ohio State University, USA
  1995    Kwangju Biennale, Korea, Beyond The Borders

  1995     An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; a two-year touring exhibition to five cities in Japan:-

  1996     The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan

  1996     Himeji City Museum of Art, Japan

  1996     Koriyama City Museum of Art, Japan

  1996     Marugame Inokuma-Genichiro Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

  1996     The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu, Japan.

  1996     Yoruba Kunst Heute, Kulturklub des Europaischen Patentamts, Munich, Germany

  1995    Seeing and Believing, The Economist Building, London.

  1992     The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

  1991     Il Sud del Mondo: L’altra arte contemporanea, Galleria Civica Darte Contemporanea, Marsala, Italy

  1991      Four x 4 Installation Project, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, England

  1991      The Green Contemporary Art Sale, Phillips Fine Arts, London

  1990     Let the canvas come to life with dark faces. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry; South London Gallery, London; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; Cartwright Hall, Bradford; Ipswich Museum, Nottingham.

  1985      Evolutions in Nigerian Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos

  1984      X1th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, La Grange Gallery of Art, La Grange, Georgia, USA



International Conferences

           2014     ACASA 16th Triennial Symposium on African Art, Brooklyn Museum

     2002      British Museum, London.The Human Image.               

     1998      University of London, School of Oriental And African Studies, (SOAS) Yoruba Diaspora.


Public Lectures
2015    Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), Arts and Mind Lecture Series; paper titled - Exploring African Concept of Dualism Through Color.

     2009     Columbia University, New York, School of International and Public Affairs / African institute. Conversations with a Continent: FIVE AFRICAN ARTISTS. – FALL LECTURE SERIES

      2005     Bristol University, (Biannual Public Lecture Series)   - Presented a paper titled Tradition and Innovation in Yoruba Culture.

          2002     Science Museum, London, (Naked Science Series of Public Lectures)

Artist Talks


          2014   Osi Audu: In Dialogue with Michael Stone-Richards and Addie Langford, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, Michigan

        2004    World Museum Liverpool, TALKS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM LIVERPOOL.

        2012   Artists in Dialogue: Next Wave Nigeria, Newark Museum, Thursday, May 10, 7-8:30 pm

          1997    Maidstone Gallery, Maidstone.



          2003     Audu, Osi - “Yoruba Concept of the Mind”. Pg 953-954 THE OXFORD COMPANION TO THE MIND, 2nd Edition, Richard Gregory (editor).    


Design projects – CD Cover Design

          2007       Osi Audu.   Artwork for ‘DE LA NOCHE’ Carlo Pezzimenti’s CD, VADAN RECORDS, Dallas

          2001       Osi Audu.   Artwork for ‘THE MAGIC BOX’, John Williams’ CD, SONY CLASSICAL, New York


Public Collections


         Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
         Newark Museum, New Jersey, USA

        The British Museum, London, UK

        The Horniman Museum, London, UK

        The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

        Wellcome Trust, London, UK

        National Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

        Nigerian High Commission, London, UK

        Iwalewa-Haus, Universitat Bayreuth, Germany

        Schmidtbank, Bayreuth, Germany

        Addax and Oryx Group, Switzerland

        Swiss Embassy, Lagos, Nigeria
        Alliance Francaise, Lagos, Nigeria





          2003       Mack, J, Museum of the Mind. Catalogue of the exhibition, at the British Museum. P.24-25

          2002       HEAD ON; Exhibition catalogue, Wellcome Trust, London. P.32-37

          2000       Mack, J.   AFRICA - Arts and Cultures, British Museum Press.,  pg 28-29
           2000       Beier, Ulli. NEUE KUNST in der SchmidtBank  Weiden  ‘Auf der Suche nach dem inneren Kopf…’ p28-37, Verlag fur moderne Kunst  Nurnberg.

          1996       Lucie-Smith, Edward, ARTODAY p. 424-425

          1999       Benchemsi, Rajae. L’Afrique au Japon, Royal Air Maroc magazine, No 93, p.30-31

          1998       Toshio Shimizu, Africa Africa, Catalogue of the exhibition, Tobu Museum Japan

          1998       Tanaka, Tanko Asahi Shimbun Journal 9.9.1998

          1998       AMBIANTE, Vol 23 Autumn 1998, p.9 Tobu Museum of Art, Tokyo

          1998       BT (Art Magazine), October 1998. p.197 Japan

          1997       Tapper, Andrea. Africas Kopfe,  Munchner Kultur, Nr 103, 6. Mai 1997, p.19

          1997       Wirth, Lilo. Kuhle Kopfe – Cool Heads. NIKE New Art In Europe No 57. p.12-13

          1996       Wirh, Lilo. ‘Die Reise nach innen’, Munchen Mosaik, Heft2 1996 22Jahrgang p.34 Germany

          1990       Burn, Emma. ‘Osi Audu’ ,  Arts Review, November 2, p592, London

          1987       Gure, Joel. ‘The Internatinal Classicist Modernist Artist’. The Herald, March 17, p.13 Nigeria.

          1982       Omotunde, Soji.  ‘Osi Audu, An Emerging Master Painter’, New Times, Lagos


        2003       Audu, Osi  - “Yoruba Concept Of The Mind”. Pg 953-954 THE OXFORD COMPANION ON THE MIND, 2nd Edition, Richard Gregory (editor).

Academic positions


        1994-2005   Teacher, and Head of Art and Design, Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester, Kent, England                                                              2002 -2005  Examiner/Moderator in Art and Design for EDEXCEL, England

       1989- 1994   Life Drawing Tutor, Wandsworth Adult College, (South Thames College), London

        1980-1989   Lecturer 1 (equivalent - Associate Professor) in Painting and Drawing, University of Benin, Nigeria