This week, we finally got a solid few days of snow, ice, rain and sub-zero temperatures. As much as I missed and hoped for snow this season, I immediately regretted that wish and found myself longing for warmer (and sunnier) days. Whenever I get in that mode I find myself looking for artwork and inspiration that is full of bright, saturated color. The paintings of Odili Donald Odita have come to my rescue, and I’ve found myself completely and totally immersed in his work.
Born in Nigeria and raised in the United States, Odili creates vivid, geometric patterns that explore the intersection of disparate cultures. He says, “No matter the discord, I believe through art there is a way to weave the different parts into an existent whole, where metaphorically, the notion of a common humanity can be understood as real.” Odili’s take on these “common humanities” and his incredible way with color and pattern have had me transfixed all week, and I’m so excited to share more about his work here today. Read on to learn more about Odili and his paintings. xo, grace
Artist: Odili Donald Odita
About: Odili was born in 1966 in Enugu, Nigeria. He now lives and works in Philadelphia, PA where he is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Odili received his MFA from Bennington College in Vermont and his BFA (with Distinction) from Ohio State University.
Work: Odili is known for his bold, geometric paintings that call to mind the color palette of his native Nigeria. He describes his work as, “[continuing] to explore [a] metaphoric ability to address the human condition through pattern, structure and design, as well as for its possibility to trigger memory. The colors I use are personal: they reflect the collection of visions from my travels locally and globally.”
More: You can read more about Odili’s work here, here, here and here (podcast).