Toyin Ojih Odutola, a Nigerian female artist has become the third highest-paid Nigerian artist of all time after her drawing “compound Leaf” was for sold £471,000 at the Sotheby.
According to reports from the News Agency of Nigeria the record-breaking sale puts Ojih Odutola behind a fellow female artist, Njideka Akunyili-Crosby, and the great Ben Enwonwu who still holds the spot for the most expensive artwork sold by an African artist.
Toyin Ojih Odutola who moved from Nigeria to America at just 5-years-old became aware of her blackness and questioned her identity. She decided to use art as a coping mechanism. Overtime, it became an investigative, learning activity for her.
In an interview with Vogue, she said “I was obsessed. Capturing everything I saw and being fascinated with the incredibly simple task of looking at something and transmitting it onto paper. It’s immediate magic.”
Ojih Odutola has previously participated in exhibitions at various institutions, including The Drawing Center, New York (2018—19); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017—18); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2016); the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2015); Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2015, 2012); Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield (2013); and Menil Collection, Houston, (2012).