Tonia Nneji, Night Series 3, 2019, Painting, 91 x 91 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Rele Gallery
A contemporary art space with a growing international reputation, Rele Gallery was established to act as a critical interface between Nigeria, Africa, and the international art worlds. With two current locations in Lagos, the biggest city in Africa, it is a major player on the continent. Since its inception in 2015, it has curated critical and commercially successful exhibitions within and outside the African continent.
The gallery marries two symbiotic purposes, to offer art for public engagement and nurture the creators of the art, bringing the world to their work, exposing a larger, global audience to African contemporary art. The gallery has been featured and mentioned in publications such as Financial Times, LA Times, BBC, Guardian, Vogue to name a few.
Tonia Nneji, a painter from Imo State, Nigeria was born into a line of traditional carvers and masquerade carriers. Following the family tradition of artistry, she
graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Visual Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2016. She is known for her use of bold colours and patterns to depict issues
that are common, yet often silenced.
In 2017, during her time at the Nigeria Youth Service Corp (NYSC), she was commissioned to restore the NYSC Sculpture in Delta State, Nigeria. In 2018, she
was awarded the New Jersey-based Ronke Ekwensi Fellowship. She is a 2019 Young Contemporaries Alum, Nneji’s work was also a major highlight of the Art
Joburg Fair in September 2019 Prominent publications such as BBC Africa, Harpers Bazaar, The Guardian, Vanguard, and Nation Newspapers have featured and written about her and her works. She lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.