Adebisi Fabunmi
Graphic artist, Painter, Ghana


Solo Exhibitions

  • Mbari Mbayo, Oshogbo, 1966.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1967.
  • University of Ife, Ile-Ife, 1967.
  • Mbari Mbayo Gallery, Lagos, 1968.
  • USIS, fbadan, 1965.
  • Canadian Embassy, Lagos, 1966.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, April B-17, 1970.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, November 28-December 7, 1973.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, February 20-March 19, 1974.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, September 11-25, 1974.
  • Airport Hotel, Lagos, 1975.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, November 19-25, 1975.
  • Paa-ya-Paa Arts Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, 1976.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1977.
  • Ikoyi Hotel, Lagos, 1978.
  • "Bisi Fabunmi Retrospektive 1964-89," lwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, May 24-June 30, 1989.

Group Exhibitions

  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1965.
  • "Modeme Kunst aus Oshogbo," Neue Mfinchner Galerie, Munich, Germany, 1965; Traverse Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967.
  • Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1967.
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, March 17-April 18, 1967. USIS, fbadan, 1968.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1968.
  • Oshogbo Group Show, Kaduna, 1968.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Art: Exhibition for Ori-Olokun Opening," Ori-Olokun Cultural Centre, Ile-Ife, June 1968.
  • "Decorative Art" and "Paintings, Drawings and Prints,' University of Ife, Ile-ife, first and second terms, 1968-1969.
  • "Contemporary African Art," Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, March 13-May 4, 1969. [traveled in the USA from 1969-1973 to: Studio Museum in Harlem and New York University, New York; University of Missouri, Columbia; Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland; West Virginia State College, Institute; North East Missouri State College, Kirskville; Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California; Compton Community College, Compton, California; Citrus College, Azusa, California; Mira Costa College, Oceanside, California, and Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, California).
  • "Oshogbo Artists," Goethe Institute, Lagos, March 19-26,1969.
  • "Contemporary African Art," Camden Arts Centre, London, August-September 1969.
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 1970.
  • "Oeuvres Africaines Nouvelles," Mus6e de I'Homme, Paris, France, February 13- April 13, 1970.
  • "Three Nigerian Artists," American University, Washington, DC, Februarv 19- March 7, 1970.
  • "Moderne Malerei in Afrika," Museum fiir V÷lkerkunde, Vienna, Austria, December 1970-February 1971.
  • "Oshogbo Artists," Goethe Institute, Lagos, January 13-23, 1971.
  • "Ten Artists from Nigeria," Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC, March 21- April 9, 1971.
  • Eighteenth Festival of the Arts, Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia, USA, April 18-24, 1971.
  • "Young Artists From Around the World," Union Carbide Gallery, Union Carbide Building, New York, USA, April 27-May 26, 197f.
  • "Contemporary Tapestries, Brass Castings and Graphics from Nigeria," The Egg, and the Eye, Los- Angeles, California, USA, May 1971,
  • "Contemporary Art from Nigeria," African Studies Center, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, May 1971.
  • "Contemporary Tapestries and Graphics from Nigeria," American Foreign Service Association, Washington, DC, ca.1971.
  • "Prints," Goethe Institute, Lagos, December 1-7, 1971.
  • "New African Art in Czechoslovakia," Nßprstek Museum, Prague, Czechoslovakia, January-April 1972.
  • "Four Contemporary African Artists," Newark State College, Union, New Jersey, USA, March 6-30, 1972.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland, USA, May 1972.
  • "Eight Nigerian Artists," African-American Institute, Washington, DC, July 1972.
  • "Africa Creates '72," Union Carbide Gallery, Union Carbide Building, New York, USA; Community Church and Inter-Church Center, New York, USA; Bedford- Stuvvesant Restoration Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA, October 1972-April 1973.
  • "Oshogbo Artists," Goethe Institute, Lagos, November 12-18, 1972.
  • "Tenth Anniversary Exhibition of Contemporary African Art," Africa Centre, London, 1973.
  • "African Art," Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, February- April 1973.
  • "Black Artists," Howard University, Washington, DC, April 18-May 2, 1973.
  • "Fibre Art," International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC, April 26-May 31, 1973.
  • "Modem African Art," Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, USA, October-December 1973.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Graphics and Textiles," National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, USA, October 14-November 5, 1973.
  • "Aladire and Oshogbo Graphics," African Heritage Center Gallery, Washington, DC, November 1973.
  • "Two Workshops/Nigeria and New Guinea," Mus6e d'Art Haitien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January-February 1974.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Fabrics and Prints," Ile-ife Museum, Ile-Ife Black Humanitarian Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, January 1974.
  • "Tradition and Change in Yoruba Art," E. B. Crocker Art Gallery, Sacramento, California, USA, March 9-April 14, 1974.
  • "Graphics from Five Countries," Southern University in New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, March 14-April 11, 1974.
  • "Aftican Prints: An Exhibition of Contemporary African Art," Kresge Art Gallery, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA, June 15-july 7, 1974.
  • "Three Oshogbo Artists," Aladire Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, July- August 1974.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, July 25- September 1, 1974.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, July 25-October 28, 1974.
  • "The Faces of Africa," Union Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA, January 27-February 13, 1975.
  • "African Art," Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas, USA, February 1975.
  • "Modern Graphics by Ten Nigerian Artists," Gallery rg, Curašao, Lesser Antilles, February 18-March 15, 1975.
  • "Modern Art from Africa," Jonade Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 1975.
  • "Small Works," Opus 2 Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 9-30, 1975.
  • "Art Craft from Africa," Maryland Commission on Afro-American and Indian History and Culture, Annapolis, Maryland, USA, November 1975.
  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, November 1976.
  • "Modern Kunst aus Afrika," Staatlichen Kunsthalle,- Berlin, Germany, June 24- August 12, 1979.
  • "Modern Kunst in Afrika," Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1980.
  • "Contemporary Nigerian Artists: Ten Artists of the Oshogbo Workshop," New World Center Campus Art Gallery, Miami, USA, January 30-February 29, 1980; ,Metropolitan Miami-Dade Library System South Regional Library, Miami, USA, .March 7-28, 1980.
  • "Neue Kunst in Afrika," Mainz, Germany, June 1980; Bayreuth, Germany, July- August 1980; W÷rgl, Austria, September 1980.
  • "Oshogbo Artists," Oshogbo, July 1980.
  • "Twenty Years of Oshogbo Art," Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1981.
  • "Modern Art from Nigeria and Papua New Guinea from the Mbari West Collection," Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, California, USA, November 6-December 10, 1983.
  • "Contemporary African Art," National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, December 9, 1983-january 31, 1984.
  • "Mbari Art," California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA, January 18-February 3, 1984.
  • "Oshogbo Art," Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, July 4-29, 1985; Commonwealth Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland, August 12-31, 1985.
  • "Myth and Image: An Exhibition of Works by 14 Nigerian Artists," Denton, Texas, USA, October 15-November 10, 1985.
  • "Art from the African Diaspora: Becoming Visible," Aljira, Newark, New Jersey, USA, February 12-March 13, 1988.
  • "Uhuru: African and American Art Against Apartheid," City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, New Jersey, USA, February 17-March 31, 1988.
  • "Contemporary Arts from Western Nigeria," Zamana Gallery, London, October 27, 1988-january 8, 1989.
  • "Contemporary Art from Western Nigeria-Oshogbo," Africa Centre, London, July 9-14, 1990.
  • "Songs of Power, Songs of Praise- Modem Visions from Haiti, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea," San Jose State University Gallery, San Jose, California, USA, September 11-October 18,1990.

Commissions

  • Painting, oil and wool, Airport Hotel, Lagos, 1975.
  • Sculpture, cement lion, Oshogbo, 1967.
  • Painting, wool, House of Assembly, Lagos.
  • Mural, paint, Oba's palace, Otan, near Oshogbo.
  • Painting, wool, State House, Lagos.
  • Painting, wool, United Bank of Africa, Lagos.

Public Collections

  • lwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Wool paintings: three untitled; oils on hardboard: 'Composition," "God of Thunder," "Horse," "Jesus Christ," "King of Jews," 'King Solomon,' "Race Course," "Robbery," "The Image," and one untitled; linoblocks: "Duck and City," "Egun Ode," "Egun Omode," 'Erin and City," Eshin Baba & City," "Fish and City," "Fulani Village," "Gateway to Osun Shrine," "God of Sun," "Mask," "Mask and City," "Love in Bayreuth," "Orunmila City," "Praying to the Gods," "Relaxing Figure," "Sabo," "Sneakkeeper," "Sango," and one untitled; linoprints: "The Dead City of the Ghost," and "The Holy City"; wood sculptures: "He & She," "Lying Figure,' "Obotunde," "Obotunde Ijimere," "Osun Festival," "Shrinekeeper," "Timi," and one untitled.
  • Mbari Art, Washington, DC.
  • University of lbadan, Institute of African Studies, Ibadan. Wool paintings: "Animal City," "Osun Mother," "African Fisherman and His Hook," "The World," and two untitled.

Bibliography

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  • Chapin, Louis. 'Nigerian Art-Renaissance of the Primal," [review of an exhibition held at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 1970]. Christian Science Monitor (Boston) August 27, 1970.
  • Young Artists from Around the World 1971; [exhibition held at the Union Carbide Gallery, Union Carbide Building, New York, April 27-May 26, 1971). New York.- International Play Group, 1971. [unpaged].
  • Kennedy, Jean. 'The City as Metaphor," Africa Report (New York) 17 (4): 27-29, 1972.
  • Beier, Georgina. "Adebisi Fabunmi," [s.l.: s.n., 1972?1. 2pp. [unpublished].
  • Mundy-Castle, Vicki. "Adebisi Fabunmi of Nigeria," African Arts (Los Angeles) 7 (3): 36-37, spring 1974. illus.
  • Awoonor, Kofi. "Contemporary Art Forms," pp. 337-346. In the author's The Breof of the Earth: A Survey of the History, Culture and Literature of Africa South of the Sahara, Garden City, New York, Anchor Press, 1975.
  • Fosu, Kojo. "New Trends in African Art: The Liberation of Symbolic Images," New Directions (Washington, DC) 3 (4): 31-35, October 1976. illus.
  • Fosu, Kojo. "The Exhibition of African Contemporav Art," [held at the Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington DC, April j&July 31, 19771. Black Art (Jamaica, NY) 1 (3): 49-54, spring 1977. illus. (color).
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  • Scott, Victoria. "FAB Art," Black Art Uamaica, NY) 4 (3): 22-32, 1980. illus. (some color), port.
  • Aiyetan, Dayo. "Osogbo Artists in a Rebirth," Daily Sketch (lbadan) August 30, 1980.
  • Modern Art from Nigeria and Papua New Guinea from the Mbari West Collection; [exhibition held at the Marv Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA, November 6-December 10, 19831 / foreword "Creators of ,N4yth" by Jean Kennedy, 1983. [8]pp. illus.
  • Momirov, Letitia. "Mbari Art," [review of an exhibition held at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, USA, January 18-February 3, 1984]. African Arts (Los Angeles) 17 (4): 82-83, August 1984. illus.
  • Lewis, Samella & Bob Biddle. 'Printmaking," International Review of African American Art (Los Angeles) 6 (4): 3-54, 1985. illus. (some color).
  • Scott, Victoria & Victor Davson. Uhuru: African and American Art Against Apartheid; [exhibition held at the City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, New Jersey, USA, February 17-March 31, 1988. Newark, NJ]: City Without Walls, [1988]. [12]pp. illus.
  • Bisi Fabunmi Retrospektive; [exhibition held at Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, Mav 24-june 30, 1989]. Bayreuth: lwalewa-Haus, 1989. 25pp. illus. [Text in German and English].
  • Euba, Akin. Essays on Music in Africa, vol. 2: Intercultural Perspectives. Bayreuth: lwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, 1989. (Bayreuth African Studies). [front cover illustration only].
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