Tobi Alexandra Falade
Tobi Alexandra Falade (b. 1995) is a Nigerian painter based between Liverpool and London. In 2019 she graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with a BA in Fine Art: Painting.
Tobi was born in Nigeria and moved to England at age 7 and consequently her artworks engage in dialogue with African and post-colonial contexts. She believes that somehow her ‘shadow self’ - a term she uses within her practice to describe her multiple selves - continues to live on in Nigeria, whilst she is divorced from her country of origin. Tobi’s artworks are composed through collaging personal and archived family photographs. When scanned, the collages turn into flattened seamless imagery which Tobi then creates into large oil paintings. By manipulating these artistic techniques, she believes her paintings can join worlds together and tell her story of transnationality.
Tobi had a solo exhibition, ‘Before Now’, in 2019 at Arts SU Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include Reflections, Window Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London (2020); Here, There, Nowhere: Dwelling at the Edge of the World, The Koppel Project Exchange, London (2020); FBA Futures, Mall Galleries, London (2020); The Salon at The Wing, London (2019-20); The State of Things, Copeland Gallery, London (2019).
Awards include The Very Special Fund, a grant produced by Hennessy in partnership with gal-dem (2021); The Koppel Project Campus Summer Scholarships for Black Artists (2020); Hottinger Prize for Excellence, FBA Futures 2020.