“The themes that drive me are connected to Africa, my roots, race, black empowerment, animism and historical heritage, cultural loss through colonialism and migration, discrimination, religious control and cultural appropriation.”
- Diana Ejaita
Diana Ejaita was born in Cremona, Italy, from an Italian mother and a Nigerian father. Her family traveled often in her childhood, and she studied fine art in France and Germany. Her work is grounded in her experience as a child of migration and her international studies and travel. In addition to working as a visual artist, Ejaita created the fashion label WearYourMask in 2014, which explores her interest in African textiles and minimalist, handmade designs.
Recent exhibitions include Afro Futures: Fashion – Hair – Design at Berlin’s Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts); the Zurich Design Biennale; Concrete Limbo at Haus der Statistik (Berlin); the third edition of Miic (International Exhibition of Contemporary Illustration) in Galicia, Spain; and exhibitions at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), Kunst Gewerbe Museum (Berlin), and Appear (Hamburg).
Ejaita’s illustrations have appeared in numerous International publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Economist, Vogue, Financial Times, and Monopol. Her work has been featured on three covers of The New Yorker.
Her work has also been commissioned by corporate bodies such as Google, Apple and Coca Cola Nigeria. In 2019, Ejaita illustrated a Google doodle commemorating the 119th birthday of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, She has also presented several art workshops in Senegal. Nigeria and Germany.
Ejaita has completed artist residencies at Waaw in Saint-Louis, Senegal and the Arthouse Foundation in Lagos. Her project at the Arthouse Foundation in 2018 explored the writings of Nigerian author Amos Tutuola through silkscreen, sculpture and video. In 2019, Diana’s illustrations were exhibited at Art X Lagos, presented by Arthouse-The Space.