Ekene Ijeoma

Ekene Ijeoma is an interdisciplinary artist and designer exploring the intersections of social issues, data studies and life experiences through websites, apps, installations, and performances.

Commissioners of his work include: Annenberg Space for Photography (Los Angeles), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), Storefront for Art and Architecture (New York), Pratt Manhattan Gallery (New York), Panorama Festival (New York), Google Creative Lab (New York) and American Institute of Graphic Arts. His work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including Design Museum (London), Istanbul Design Biennial, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.  

Ekene was awarded fellowships and residencies from Kennedy Center (Citizen Artist, 2017/2018), New Museum (Ideas City, 2016), New York Foundation for the Arts (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, 2016/2017), California College of the Arts (Vibrant Cities, 2017), Santa Fe Art Institute (Equal Justice, 2017/2018), New Lab/Simons Foundation (Science Sandbox, 2017), Urban Design Forum (Forefront, 2017), and Fabrica (2014).

He was featured on the cover of GDUSA’s People to Watch “who embody the spirit of the creative community”, named Adweek’s Creative 100 “visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you” and also GOOD’s GOOD 100 “tackling pressing global issues.” His work has also been featured in MoMA, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Le Monde, Corriere della Sera, Internazionale, Vice, Fusion, WIRED, Fast Company, Dezeen, Designboom, Domus, Hyperallergic and Artsy. He’s appeared on TV and radio shows including Fox 4 News, W Radio and Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) Radio.

Ekene has a BS in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MA in Interaction Design from Domus Academy. He was a lecturer at The New School, guest lecturer at Columbia, New York University, University of San Francisco, The New School and School of Visual Arts (SVA), guest critic at Yale and SVA, and visiting artist at Virginia Commonwealth University and School for Poetic Computation. He was recently appointed as a Mitchell Visiting Professor in Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects (AIADO) at the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). A first generation Nigerian-American, he was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lives and works in New York City.