Onajide Shabaka, is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner, and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. His art practice has focused primarily on the ethnobotanical, geological, archeological, historical, and biographical themes related to the African Diaspora and Native American cultures. Through a well-developed research-based walking practice he has explored the environment and its biology allowing site-specific histories and nature to reveal the untold historical narratives from the past as historical fiction in the form of film, photography, and mixed media works on paper.
Onajide Shabaka has been artist in residence at Suriname Botanical Research Residency, sponsored by DVCAI, Paramaribo, Suriname; AIRIE Everglades Artist Residency, Everglades National Park, FL; Project Row Houses, Visiting Artist, Houston, TX; DVCAI Artist Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; selected participant in international cultural exchanges in, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, and Belize; awarded grants & fellowships including, Creative Investment Grant, Broward County, FL; New Forms Florida, Individual Artist Grant; Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of Cultural Affairs; Florida Humanities Council; Locust Projects Wavemaker Grant, Miami, FL; and Oolite Arts Ellies Grant, Miami, FL.
Shabaka was awarded an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida.