“Wisher” 2010

CV Tyna Adebowale

Tyna (b. 1982, NG) is an Unemhe from Edo state, who grew up in Igarra. 

Her academic background is in painting. But has gone on to explore materials such as video, performance, and installations in her art practice. It is an endless quest with materials for her.

She is an award winning, multimedia visual artist who has exhibited in several group exhibitions in Nigeria, Amsterdam, Brazil, Cameroun, South Africa & Ghana. She has taken part in workshops and artist residencies at the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Accra, the Nigeria Brazil Cultural Centre in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, the Bakassi Peninsul’Art in Limbe, Cameroon, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, the African Artists Foundation, ArtHouse Foundation Artist Residency, ArtX Lagos, and currently an artist in residence at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

In her art, Tyna started off painting women, to celebrate them in a patriarchy-controlled society that constantly silence women. In her art, she portrays women as symbols of beauty, endless fertility, as epitome of strength and support. But with time, she moved to more urgent contexts such as using  art to explore issues surrounding feminism, gender and sexuality. 

Using personal narratives, Tyna uses her body to explore sexual issues, dual identity as a twin, as it pertains to queer struggles, which has become very political in Nigeria and environs. It is a taboo to be queer and visible, and it’s worth a 14 years in a Nigerian prison by law. Tyna’s recent research is pointing the government to traditional sexual behaviours that is queer and still present, despite these laws. 

Tyna also makes texts-filled works making social statements addressing the dysfunctional political landscape, as well as using social media in contemporary Nigerian society. 




Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten. Amsterdam 2017/18.

ArtHouse Foundation Artist Residency. Lagos. Fall 2016.

Nigerian/Brazil Cultural Centre (Instituto De Arte E Cultura Yoruba)

Artist In Residence, October 2015- December 2015. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Asiko Art School, 6th May-9thJune 2013. “The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced”. 3rd International Art Programme, Accra. Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana & Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.

April 30th -26th May 2012. History/Matter: International Art Residency, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria


October 6th-november 27th, 2015

I was invited as a facilitator for Art Workshops, for about 1,600 teenagers, at The Yoruba Institute in collaboration with the Education Ministry of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

April 15-21st, 2014. Bakassi Peninsul’Art 2014, Interactive Art Workshop with Limbe, Tiko, Edinao, Fishermen Communities, Cameroun. This workshop was a collaboration between Nigerian and Cameroonian artists in these fishing communities where we used art as an intervention in public spaces within the communities. We got the community involved in all the process of the workshop period.

April 13, 2013. The Maker: New Contemporaries. African Artist Foundation (AAF Lagos). As an artist just moving into the city of Lagos, THE MAKER: New Contemporary was an event where I was introduced to one of the largest crowd of art enthusiasts in Lagos art community where I presented my works in projected slide screen, and I got to interact with the audience afterwards.

May 2013: Global Crit Clinic (GCC), Accra Ghana. Facilitated by: Kianga Ford, Karyn Olivier and Miguel Luciano

I was a participant at this 2weeks intensive critical portfolio review and one-on-one sessions with the GCC team.


Reclaiming Afrikan. Queer Perspectives On Sexual and Gender Identities. Curated by Zethu Matebeni. Published by Modjaji Books Pty Ltd. 2014.

101 Nigerian Artists. Chukwuemeka Bosah/George Edozie. Pg 168. Benbosah Books. 2010.

Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa. 2016.

The Art of Nigerian Women. Benbosah Books. 2017 



Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship for African Artists 2017/2018

Emmanuel Travel Grant to Europe 2016

Prince Claus Travel grants to the KLAART FESTIVAL in Kampala, Uganda, 2014.

3RD Placed Prized, Winner, ‘Sharing A Common Heritage’ Embassy of Spain Art Competition, Abuja. 2012.

ConocoPhillips Arts Grants and Exhibition. Lagos. 2012. 


72Hrs Installation of Cans In Public Space. December 2015. Belo Horizonte. Brazil


Who Are We Again? Arti et Amicitiae. Amsterdam 2018

RijksOpen, Amsterdam. November 2017

AtWork. ArtHouse. March 2017.

Standing Out. SMO Contemporary. 2016.

Ake Art and Books Festival. November 2015. Abeokuta, Nigeria.

May 26-June 3rd, 2014. Critically Queer Exhibition. University of Cape Town, HUMA department, Cape Town, South Africa. 

May 9th– May 15th, 2014. 

FEMME FATALE: Female Artists exhibition/Workshop, African Artists Foundation, Lagos. 2014

 February 12th– 18th, 2014. We Are Love Art Salon, African Artists Foundation (AAF), Lagos. 2014

May 26th, 2013. “

A History of Ghana in the last five weeks”: Final presentation and interactive exhibition that concluded the 3rd International Programme (Asiko 2013): The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced. Accra Ghana.

The World Bank Art Exhibition. Abuja. 2013.

March 2013. 

Plights of Women. Female Artists Association of Nigeria (FAAN) art exhibition. French Cultural Centre, Abuja. September 2013. Critically Queer Art Exhibition. FADA Gallery (UJ Bunting Campus), Johannesburg, South Africa.


Dear Mickey Mouse. Chalton Gallery. London. 2018

Pakhuis de Zwijger. Amsterdam. 2018



Application Review Board For The LGBT Community Fund. 1st Of October 2015 – July 31st 2017.

THE OTHERS. Radical Arts Foundation. Lagos

Creative Director. 

Volunteer and support LGBT Ngos in Nigeria as a Photographer and  also makes graphics designs for them.