Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist was awarded an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in May 2019. She is also the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and has received a number of awards and grants, including the Prix Canson, 2016; Next Generation honor, New Museum, 2015; Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015; and the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014, among others. She was an Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011 to 2012.
Akunyili Crosby’s work was presented in 2022, in the third of a trilogy of solo exhibitions curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and critic Hilton Als at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut. In 2023, the show will travel to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. At The Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas, a solo presentation of the artist's work was on view in 2022. In 2019, the artist participated in the 58th Venice Biennale.
Akunyili Crosby’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent venues internationally, including at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2018-2019); National Portrait Gallery, London (2018-2019); Baltimore Museum of Art (2017-2018); Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida (2016); and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015).
Work by the artist is held in significant museum collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Baltimore Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Museum of African Arts, Washington, DC; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Tate, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; and Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town.