Textile Artist Address: Ajala Gbedin, 41 Obokun Road, Oshogbo, Oshun State. Birth: August 24, 1948, in Oshogbo, Oshun State. Training: Attended workshop conducted by Ru van Rossem and Susanne Wenger, Department of Adult Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 1966; learned batik technique from Susanne Wenger. Profile: Also known as Shangodare Gbadegesin and Sangodare Gbadegesin Ajala; son of Shango priest, Ajala; traveled to Brazil. Solo Exhibitions Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1982. "Sangodare, Mythology and Life of the Yoruba," Alliance Frangaise, Ibadan, January 15-29, 1988. "Sangodare Batiken," Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, August 3-October 31, 1990. Group Exhibitions "African Art," Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, February- April 1973. "Contemporary Nigerian Graphics and Textiles," National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 14-November 5, 1973. "Contemporary Nigerian Fabrics and Prints," Ile-Ife Museum, Ile-Ife Black Humanitarian Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, January 1974. "Contemporary Nigerian Art," Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, July 25-October 28, 1974. "New Sacred Art," National Museum, Lagos, 1975. "Oshogbo Artists," Bayreuth, Germany, 1975. "African Art," Amarillo Art Center, Amarillo, Texas, USA, February 1975. "Modem Art from Africa," Jonade Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 1975. "Visions of Africa," Afro-American Cultural Center, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, May 12-23, 1975. "Exhibition of Works by Susanne Wenger," Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1976. "Neue Kunst in Afrika," Mainz, Germany, June 1980; Bayreuth, Germany, July- August 1980; Worgl, Austria, September1980. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 25-October 1, 1980. "New Sacred Art of Oshogbo," Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1981. "New Sacred Art," Cotonou, Benin, 1983. "Mbari Art," California College of Arts &Crafts, Oakland, California, USA, January 18-February 3, 1984. "Iwalewa: Afrikanische Kunst Heute," Stadtische Galerie, Regensburg, Germany, June 9-30, 1985. NoArt Galerie, Vienna, Austria, May 23-June 28, 1986. "Zeitgenossische Nigerianische Kunst," Bonn, Bocholt, and Monchengladbach, Germany, July-October 1989. "Contemporary Arts from Western Nigeria," Zamana Gallery, London, October 27, 1988-January 8, 1989. "Songs of Power, Songs of Praise: Modem Visions from Haiti, Nigeria and Papua New Guinea," San Jose State University Gallery, San Jose, California, USA, September 11-October 18, 1990. Public Collections Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany. Batiks: "Gewand," "Drummers," "Alaro," "Palmwine Drinkers," "Obatala Festival," and "Orisa Oko"; adire textile: one untitled; one batik garment. Mbari Art, Washington, DC. Museum fur Volkerkunde, Frankfurt, Germany. Batiks: two untitled.
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