Deerfield, IL, United States
About Obaji Nyambi
Born 1960, in Nigeria, I came to the the United States in 1980 to study. After receiving a bachelors and masters degree in art, I decided to stay in the Chicago area where I now live. My Primary interest is printmaking and drawing, and more recently, painting. I've exhibited widely in the Chicago area, nationally and internationally - in England and Mexico. I am currently represented by Jennifer Norback Fine Art in Chicago.
Master of Science: Information Systems Technology, 2004, DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Master of Fine Art: Printmaking and Drawing, 1990, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Bachelor of Fine Art: Graphic Design, 1984, Oklahoma University, Norman, Oklahoma SELECTED HONORS AND AWARDS Indoctrinated into the Marquis book of Who’s who in American Artists in 1999 Awarded, Artist Fellowship by Arts International " the Lila Wallace - Reader's Digest Fund" for Artist in Giverny, France 1995 Awarded, Artist Fellowship Grant By The State Of Illinois Arts Council, 1990 & 1994 Award of Distinction, Mid West Pastel Society, 1994 Awarded, Artist Fellowship Grant in Visual Arts By The National Endowment For The Arts, 1993 Awarded, Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago, 1990 & 1991 Anonymous Award of Merit, Union League Club of Chicago, 1987 Oklahoma University Museum of Art Cash Award, 1985 RELATED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 2005 Adjunct Professor of Information Technology at Malcolm X College, Chicago Illinois 1999-2000 Lecturer on "Art Appreciation": Olive Harvey College in Chicago Peer review panel member [Visual Arts] for the City of Chicago's Community arts assistance grant [CAAP] 1998 Visiting Artist: School of the art Institute of Chicago Director: Pi Gallery of Chicago Juror: 22nd annual Baer art competition, Beverly Art Center, Chicago IL. 1993 - 1995 Visiting Artist and Instructor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Illinois. Public Art Advisory Panelist, Chicago Public Art Program. 1992 Visiting Artist at Governor's State University, University Park IL: Demonstration and Lecture on drawing techniques. Visiting Artist, American Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, lecture and demonstration of drawing techniques 1990 Panelist, “The Self as Other”, hosted by the Maurice Spertus Museum of Judaica, Chicago SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2010 “The Nude” featuring Etienne Gros, Obaji Nyambi and William Utermohlen, at Jennifer Norback Fine Arts Inc. Chicago, IL 1999 "Harvesting the Urban Landscape": Recycling in Art, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, IL Obaji Nyambi at Guild Complex: A preview of new work in printmaking and Collage. 1998 Pentimenti Gallery of Philadelphia, "Arround the world" New work by three Gallery Artists. "Flash of Spirit" a solo travelling exhibition of prints and drawings, hosted by Libreria Pegaso en Casa Lamm, Mexico City, and, Del Centro Cultural del Nigromante, Instituto de Belles Artes, S.M.A; Gto; Mexico. Satori fine art gallery, Chicago: Group exhibition of gallery artists. 1997 Beret International Gallery, Chicago: “Designer Show Vol. 2”. Satori Fine Art Gallery, Group exhibition of Gallery artists. 1996 The School of The Art Institute of Chicago's Gallery 2, "The African American Presence at the School” -Group exhibition of African American Faculty members. University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii; "Naked Truths": An invitational group exhibition on figure representations, curetted by Dr. Koan-Jeff Baysa of the Whitney, NY. 1995 The Cottman Gallery, Kings College School, S. Wimbledon Common, London, England; "General Suit and selections from six members of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative" Beret International Gallery, Chicago, IL. "Another Group Exhibition" featuring new work by Gallery Artists. 1994. "Go Figure" Invitational Exhibition of figurative works on paper by Chicago area Artists, at The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative "Chop Marks" an invitational exhibition of prints by Chicago area print shop affiliates, curetted by Sherrl Olson Sklar, and hosted by the Moraine Valley Community college's Fine and Performing Arts Center, Palos Hills IL. 1993 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: "Portraits", Group exhibition of portraiture curetted by Lori Batman. Foster Bank, "First International Exhibition," a group exhibition of five international Artists, resident in Chicago, hosted at the Korean Cultural Center. Print Workshop Gallery Chicago IL: "Cross Currents."An exhibition of current prints by Obaji Nyambi and Elise Hughes 1992 Isobel Neal Gallery Ltd. Chicago: "The December exhibition" of Gallery Artists. " Layaway": Group exhibition of work by Chicago area Artists, curetted by Oskar Fridl Gallery, Chicago. Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago: a two-person exhibition of new work by Obaji Nyambi and Tony Fitzpatric. “The Boxing Show”, a group exhibition of six Artists on boxing, organized by World Tattoo Gallery in Chicago. 1991 Claussen Gallery, Kenilworth, Illinois, selections by the Chicago print maker's Collaborative North Lakeside Cultural Center: “Figuration, Large and Small”, a three-person exhibition 1990 Erie Street Gallery, Chicago, "interfacing insights" a two-person exhibition of new work “Perceptions of the Other”, sponsored by the Chicago Women's Caucus of Art,