Azikiwe Mohammed records and shares Black stories in works that combine ephemera and philosophy. The artist uses uplifting bright colors to depict serious scenes that draw on both his personal life and his social justice work—such as sharing meals, helicopter searches and raging fires. Azikiwe’s objects, paintings, videos and installations offer viewers intimate participation while emphasizing inclusion and Black prosperity.
Azikiwe Mohammed was born in New York City in 1983. The artist received a BFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2005.
Solo exhibitions of Azikiwe’s work have taken place at: Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s University in Queens, New York (2021); Elijah Wheat Showroom in Newburgh, New York (2020); Anna Zorina Gallery in New York City (2020); SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia (2019); Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida (2019); Public Swim Gallery in New York City (2019); and Ace Hotel Chicago in Illinois (2018); among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Azikiwe’s work have taken place at: the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California (2022); Crystal Bridges in Bentonville, Arkansas (2021); David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2020); Good Weather Gallery in North Little Rock, Arkansas (2020); Wassaic Project in Wassaic, New York (2020); Spring Break Art Show in New York City (2020); Spring Break Art Show LA in Los Angeles, California (2020); and the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx, New York (2020); among others.
Azikiwe is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including the Rauschenberg Artists Fund Grant in 2021.
Azikiwe’s work has been covered in numerous publications, including: The New York Times; Frieze; Forbes; Hyperallergic; Artforum; Bomb Magazine; and Juxtapoz; among others.
Azikiwe lives and works in New York City.