Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning queer, black artist and advocate. She produces figures in a landscape whereby Black womanhood are in celebration of their diverse sexuality and individuality, while opposition to the stance that we must accept an inferior position. Not all of her work aims to confront history which reminds us of the now with it’s own milieu of social constructs that oppress, it also also projects a visionary narrative for the future. Tugbiyele’s works are charged with symbolic meanings that bridge and layer historical, cultural and political ideas around race, gender, sexuality with that of class, economy, sex-politics and religion. She transforms traditional brooms into figurative sculptures and ritual objects for performance.
Tugbiyele’s work can be found in the corporate and public collections of Credit Suisse Bank, The Brooklyn Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, National Museum of Africa nArt-Smithsonian, The Newark Museum, Sugar Hill Capital Partners and in significant private collections in Australia, China, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, The United Kingdom and the United States. Her work has been mentioned and reviewed in leading publications around the world and, she has sat as a distinguished panelist within reputable institutions. Tugbiyele received a BS in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and in 2013, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art.