Abraham Oghobase

Abraham Onoriode Oghobase (b. 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria) is an artist based in Toronto, Canada. In his photography-based practice, he interrogates human existence and uncovers interior worlds through experimentation with the narrative and multisensory potential of images and objects, including archival materials. 


Full CV available upon request


MFA in Visual Arts, York University; Toronto, Canada. Expected completion 2022


2018 Layers of Time and Place: What Lies Beneath; Art Twenty One; Lagos, Nigeria

2018 No Matter Who You Are; Angels and Muse; Lagos, Nigeria

2016 Forming Place; Boys’ Quarters Project Space; Port Harcourt, Nigeria

2008 Lost in Transit; Goethe-Institut Nigeria; Lagos, Nigeria


2019/20 Silex: de face et de profil in Layers; Labanque centre de production et diffusion en arts visuels; Béthune, France

2019 Streams of Consciousness; 12th Rencontres de Bamako African Biennial of Photography; Bamako, Mali

2019 How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?; Lagos Biennial 2019; Lagos, Nigeria

2019 Diaspora at Home; Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and KADIST, Paris; Lagos, Nigeria

2019 The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath; Circuit Gallery; Toronto, Canada

2018/19 Never Memorize Poems in Landscape Leeway; Galerie Nord / Kunstverein Tiergarten; Berlin, Germany

2017 The Conundrum of Imagination: On the Paradigm of Exploration and Discovery; Leopold Museum; Vienna, Austria

2017 CCA Lagos at ISCP: Orí méta odún méta ibìkan; International Studio & Curatorial Program; New York, USA

2017 Field Work; Tiwani Contemporary; London, UK

2014 Prix Pictet. The Global Award in Photography and Sustainability: Consumption; Victoria and Albert Museum; London, UK

2012 We Face Forward: Art from West Africa Today; Manchester Art Gallery; Manchester, UK

2011 ARS 11: Africa through the Eyes of Contemporary Art; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art; Helsinki, Finland


2020/21  Recipient, Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Award in Fine Arts, York University

2020/21 Recipient, Graduate Fellowship, York University

2019 Recipient, Okwui Enwezor Prize (inaugural edition); 12th Rencontres de Bamako African Biennial of Photography; “In recognition of an artistic practice engaged in the philosophy and concept of reimaging and contributing to international artistic expression”.

2019 Recipient, Toronto Arts Council Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant

2014 Finalist, Prix Pictet Global Award in Photography and Sustainability, 5th edition (“Consumption”)


2020 KADIST; Paris, France

2019 The Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois, USA

2013 Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; North Carolina, USA

2013 Danjuma Collection; Surrey, UK

2011 Museum of Contemporary Art (Kiasma); Helsinki, Finland

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