Bunmi Agusto

Born 1999 in Lagos, Nigeria

Agusto is a visual artist who creates mixed-media drawings and paintings in the tradition of Tropical Surrealism. Her surreal figures are born from the metaphorical language of cultural theory, drawing from terms such as ‘alien’ and ‘hybridity’. Inspired by Sherry Turkle’s theory of evocative objects as vessels that anchor personal histories and cultural identity, Agusto combines the human body with elements she deems integral to her cultural consciousness.

She also writes essays on contemporary art and its relationship with certain topics ranging from identity politics to technology.

Agusto lives and works in Lagos and London.

E D U C A T I O N

2020    BA Fine Art (First Class Honours), Central Saint Martins UAL

2019    Erasmus Exchange, Royal Academy of Art The Hague 

G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S

2020    

Reflections, Central Saint Martins Window Gallery, London.

Young Contemporaries 2020: Boot Camp Exhibition, Rele Gallery, Digital.

London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London.

UAL Graduate Showcase, Central Saint Martins, Digital.

On Location, Central Saint Martins, Digital.

Burnt Out, Central Saint Martins, London.

Squeeze, Karen Tronel Gallery, London.

Blacklisted: An Indefinite Revolution, Christie’s Education, London.

2019   

Women In Art X Street Souk, Harbour Point, Lagos.

The State of Things, Copeland Gallery, London.

The Colour of Pain, Imperial College, London.

Waiting, Central Saint Martins, London.

Wheels To Water, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London.

Xhibit, The Koppel Project Central Gallery, London.

other on Other's Territory, Central Saint Martins, London.

Intersect, London School of Economics, London.

2018  

Polartics, XII Glover, Lagos.

Age of New Babylon, Chelsea College of Art, London.

 

2017   

UAL Black History Month Exhibition, London College of Communication, London.

Sevenoaks School IB Exhibition, OXO Tower Wharf, London.

H O N O U R S  &  A W A R D S

2020  

Rele Young Contemporaries Boot Camp

Cass Art Bursary Prize for CSM Graduate Showcase

Art X Lagos Review

Longlisted for Rare Rising Stars Top 10 Black Students in the UK

2019    

Cass Art Bursary Prize for Xhibit

 

2017   

BFA Dean's Scholarship Offer from Parson's School of Design

Presidential Scholarship Offer from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Merit Scholarship Offer from School of Art Institute of Chicago

Achievement Scholarship Offer from Savannah College of Art & Design

Academic Scholarship Offer from Savannah College of Art & Design

T A L K S  &  L E C T U R E S

2019  

'You+Your Friends' by Isabel Okoro and Mojoyin Durotoye, Panel Discussion, Lagos.

Didara, Panel Discussion, Lagos.

'In Our Hands' by Safeen James, Panel Discussion, London.

Workshop, Day Waterman College, Abeokuta.