Adebunmi Gbadebo is visual artists who creates sculptures, paintings, prints, and paper using human hair sourced from people of the African diaspora. Rejecting traditional art materials, Gbadebo saw hair as means to center her people and their histories as central to the narratives in her work. Born in the New Jersey and based in Newark, Gbadebo first gained recognition in 2015 exhibiting in her first solo exhibition at the Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ.
Her exhibitions include 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, Chashama, Miranda Kuo Gallery, The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NY, Morris Art Dodge Foundation, NJ, College of Saint Elizabeth, NJ, among others. She is in the permanent collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Minnesota Museum of American Art and has been written about in publications such as the New York Times, Huffington Post and Afropunk. Gbadebo’s residencies include Vermont Studio Center, Keating Foundry, and in 2017 she gave a talk at the Newark Museum speaking on the connections between Mickalene Thomas’ Documentary “Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman: A Portrait of my Mother” and how her own mother has influenced her work professionally and personally.
Outside of her studio practice Adebunmi is an art educator at the Newark Museum and is currently represented by Claire Oliver Gallery, Harlem, NY.