Adebunmi Gbadebo

  • Fine Artist

“The people are the art, and the art is the people.”

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Adebunmi Gbadebo, is an artist based in Newark, NJ who uses human Black hair as her sole medium. While simultaneously earning a BFA as an undergrad at the School of Visual Arts, Gbadebo exhibit in her first year-long solo show at Rutgers University, which was mentioned in the New York Times. She has exhibited at Chashama, Miranda Kuo Gallery, Jacob Javits Center, SVA's Flat Iron and Chelsea Gallery (NYC),Monmouth University, Newark Open Doors, and Gallery Aferro, College of Saint Elizabeth (NJ), among others. She has also had write ups in the Huffington Post and Afropunk.

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 art practice, Adebunmi is an art educator at the Newark Museum and teaching artist at Arts Unbound working with young adults and senior citizens with mental, developmental and physical disabilities. She is the studio assistant to artists Bisa Butler and Nina Chanel Abney, and also volunteers at the Studio Museum of Harlem through their Education Department.