• Tyna Adebowale

  • Tyna Adebowale

Tyna Adebowale




Tyna Adebowale (Nigerian, born 1982) is a painter and multi media artist, raised in Edo State, Nigeria. She currently lives and works in Amsterdam, after her two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2016-2018). Her work explores issues of gender, politics, and social media in contemporary Nigerian society.  

Her drawings on canvas show a gentle and loving painterly hand, while a huge - liberating -power speaks out. Visible and hidden at the same time she draws double portraits: Male and Female. Two different identities of the two sides of an individual. Or as she says, "as me and my twin brother, me and my male side as one". Portraits in which she shows man / woman as a liquid notion.The poses are explicit and vulnerable, but are protected by the rich detailed background that obscures the portraits.

@ courtesy of  RETRO AFRICA & the artist



  • Art Festival Standaardman at Play Room Gallery, Zaandam, Netherlands (2022) 
  • Self-Addressed - Curated by Kehinde Wiley/Black Rock Senegal at Jeffrey Deitch Art, Los Angeles, USA (2021)
  • Part of the exhibition Refresh Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Museum, Netherlands (2021)
  • The Future is Female at CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands (2020)
  • 3Package Deal Award at Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Netherlands (2019/2020)
  • What if Women Rule The World? at Garage-Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019)
  • Exhibition No Room for Fear during Art Week London 2019 (with SMO Contemporary Art)
  • MASTERS & CONTEMPORARIES at Retro Africa, Abuja, Nigeria (2019)
  • GENERATION Y at Retro Africa atThe Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja, Nigeria (2018)
  • Traces: contemporary Africa at Tabari Art Space, Dubai (2018)
  • AFRO-MODERNISM at Retro Africa atThe Exhibition Pavilion, Abuja, Nigeria (2016)


  • June Art Fair - Gallery led art fair during Basel Art Week 2022, Switzerland (with Ellen de Bruijne Projects)
  • Art Rotterdam 2022 (with Ellen de Bruijne Projects)
  • FIAC 2021, Paris, France (with Ellen de Bruijne Projects)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2021, UK (with Retro Africa)
  • Art Basel 2021 OVR, Switzerland (with Ellen de Bruijne Projects)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2021, online (with Retro Africa)
  • Art Rotterdam 2019 (solo booth with LangArt Amsterdam)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2019, UK (with SMO Contemporary Art)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2019, USA (with Retro Africa)
  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019, South Africa (with Retro Africa)





  • 2021: Artist in Residence at Black Rock Senegal, run by Kehinde Wiley
  • 2021: Artist in Residence at Park Tilburg / Amsterdam Museum
  • 2016-2018: two-year residency at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tyna Adebowale is representend by RETRO AFRICA and Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS.

Instagram:  @tyna_adebowale

Work in Collection