Diana Ejaita Italy/Nigeria, b. 1985

Diana Ejaita is an Italian-Nigerian artist based between Berlin, Germany and Lagos, Nigeria, who works in illustration and textile design. 

Her work pays homage to her Nigerian origins, including its literature, art and textile traditions. Ejaita brings together influences from Europe and West Africa, mixing aesthetics and styles to examine her experience as an artist of the African Diaspora. Inspired by traditional handicraft, Ejaita often experiments with tactile processes and printing surfaces, including silkscreen, wood, Lino engraving, and hand and digital drawings.

As a child of migration, her work also centers on issues of colonial/postcolonial effects, racial and gender discrimination and identity research. Her illustrations are known for their contrasting areas of black and white, with soft patterns and textures that suggest the strength of femininity.

Diana Ejaita’s illustrations have been featured 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 in 2019-2020.