Peju Alatise Nigeria, b. 1975


Peju Alatise is an interdisciplinary artist, architect and author of two novels. She started her professional career as an architect working in an architectural firm along side running a private art studio. Today, Peju is one of the leading contemporary artists on the African continent.

Her works challenge the status quo of the African society and also of global affairs. She has been consistent with her experimentation with materials and techniques as a medium to analyse various socio-political issues. Peju has also been an influential voice on the Child Not Bride campaign in Nigeria, with her work regularly feeding into this discourse.

Peju Alatise is a fellow at the National Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution. Her work has been collected by the Smithsonian Institute. She is the 2017 winner of the FNB Art Prize in Johannesburg. Her work was exhibited at Venice Biennale’s 57th edition, themed Viva Arte Viva (Long Live Art) in the Nigerian pavilion. Her work was exhibited at the 2018 EVA biennial in Ireland. Peju Alatise’s is a regular feature at 1:54 Art fair in New York, Marrakech and London. Her participation in the Venice Biennale Architecture 2021 was a direct invitation from the Biennale Curator Mr. Hashim Sarkis.

Other selected recent past exhibitions of her works were held at the 2014 Casablanca biennale in Morocco,  Cooper gallery for African and African American art Harvard University-2017, Resignification of Black body 2016 in Museo Bardini – Florence. Familiar boundaries - Infinite possibilities exhibition, August Wilson centre,  Pittsburgh,  USA.  Curator- Kilolo Luckett, October 2018 to March 2019. EVA Ireland Biennial 2018. Curator- Inti Guerrero.  Manifesta 12, Resignification of Black bodies.  Palermo, Italy, Curator- Awam Ampka (New York University) June 2018. Péju Alatise 'Memoirs of the forgotten' 2019  Sulger Buel Gallery, London. Intricacies: Fragment & Meaning Aicon Gallery, New York 2019.

Peju Alatise is  the founder of the ANAI Foundation - a non-profit foundation dedicated to the development of visual arts in Nigeria, and the first purpose built artist’s residency with a well-equipped ceramic studio, which offers sponsored training programs for ceramic artists.

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