Odili D. Odita

Painter, printmaker, and muralist Odili Donald Odita was born in Enugu, Nigeria. He received a BFA from Ohio State University, Columbus, and an MFA from Bennington College, VT. His abstract work explores color both in the figurative historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.

Odita is represented in the permanent collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; Nasher Museum of Art Durham, NC; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City.

Odita's public works include The Wisdom of Trees (2016) in Indianapolis, IN; Our House (2015) for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; and Shadow and Light (2015) for the Nasher Museum of Art.

He lives and works in Philadelphia, where he is a professor of painting at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and Architecture.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

Artist Info


February 18 1966

Enugu, Nigeria