Zina Saro-Wiwa Nigerian, b. 1976

Living and working between Los Angeles and Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Zina Saro-Wiwa (b. 1976, Nigeria) is part of a vanguard of contemporary artists continually redefining and reframing our engagement of contemporary African art and culture. 


Saro-Wiwa was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2016, recognized for her work in the Niger Delta. She was Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn 2016-2017 and in April 2017 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Art. She has given talks and shown work regularly at biennales and museums around the world including Sao Paolo Biennale, Kochi Biennale, and the Tate in London. Her work can be found in many private and public collections, including MoMA, the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.


Her highly acclaimed Illicit Gin Institute Assemblies have attracted curators, collectors, and enthusiasts at multiple venues, most recently at the Aspen Art Museum and the MAK Centre for Art and Architecture in West Hollywood.