Brooklyn based Nigerian born painter Doba Afolabi is AfrobeatRadio’s IIAFestival 2024 featured artist. Visit AfrobeatRadio’s Booth 72, featuring his works titled “Benin Is Watching” and “Urban Symphonies”.

Doba Afolabi, as he prefered to be called due to his usually lenghty African names, was known with his full name Adedeji Adedoba Afolabi while he studied at Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria, catching with the spirit of the Zaria art avant garde tagged the ‘Zaria Rebels’, a style of the famous Zaria art school where he graduated with Bachelors of Art. 

Doba worked as graphic artist with the British overseas development of the UN and taught at Yaba College of technology in Lagos Nigeria prior to his coming to New York. His success at several exhibitions and the academics propelled his momentum. His ‘Women’s Day’ won a regional poster project with the WHO and it was placed at several centers around the country and beyond. 

He is proud of his first Solo exhibition tagged ‘Buffalo Soldier’ in 1999 at the art district of North East Miami in Florida through the introduction of his ‘American godfather and benefactor, Professor Joseph Mcnair , and several other shows curated by Ludlow Bailey Asmar B Art Gallery that launched his fame among the scholars thereby initiating him as a relevant force at the annual Black History Month art shows at the Florida International University. Doba later extended his tents far and wide enough to be recognized at the popular 2001 Brooklyn Fulton art Fair by his mentor and spiritual father, Otto Neal. 

His fame continued to soar among notable galleries after working briefly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the City Human resources preceeding several show features alongside the art biggies most especially at the great old Dorsey Gallery that produced the likes of Romare Bearden, Otto Neal, and Dr Ojo who connected him with Emmit Wigglesworth, Danny Simons and many other art icons in New York. 

Doba Afolabi has been one of the notable official artists of Soul Basel ArtAfrica Miami and well known to the city of Miami Dade County Tourism where his piece served as a page headline for Basel visitors directory. 

He was hailed in rousing accolades while he performed live painting to the admiration of hundreds of dignitaries at Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce Gala Night in Hilton on Bizcayne Ballroom Miami where he was invited as the official artist . 

There have been series of media coverage on Doba Afolabi works from Miami Herald to Washington Post through his major handler in Washington DC; Zenith Gallery who sold his work “Washington Jam” to Washington DC state acquisition. Doba Afolabi was inducted lately as a selected artist in Department of State Art in Embassies Program, where his piece “MidDay Market I” has been transported to American Embassy in Guinea for an art show while his ongoing art shows can be viewed in Amsterdam Whitney Gallery New York 

Several Galleries from NewYork to UK , Africa to Middle East and beyond bear the works of Doba Afolabi who is noted among prominent artist in Brooklyn. The record of contemporary artist in Diaspora will always include Doba Afolabi whose works have been at popular auctions

like Tom Joyner, AmrefUSA, Artsy online, Empire show through Gallery Guichard Chicago, and a couple of others while he has been mentioned among artists like Derrick Adams, Toyin Odutola, Danny Simons, Wangeshi Mutu and prominent others major Afro contemporaries. One of his biggest accomplishments according to him has been the acquisition of his 2 major pieces of 12 feet apiece, collected by OneUnited Bank California. 



Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Nigeria 

B.A Painting 


University Of Ife (Adeyemi College) Nigeria 

National certificate in Education(Fine Arts) 



Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Chelsea New York 

USA Department of State Art in Embassy show Guinea Conackry 


ArtHouseNY@Reddot Art BaselMiami 

SeeMe Art Basel Miam 

Art Africa Miami 

Brooklyn comes to Basel @Hamptons Ocean Drive Miami 


AmrefUSA Auction 

Art Basel Miami ArtAfrica 


Art Village Memphis TN 

Calabar Gallery.Harlem

Lloyds International W57 NY 


Restoration Plaza Brooklyn NY 

Zenith Gallery Washington DC 


Window at Amsterdam Gallery City College New York Mackey Gallery NY 

Tom Joyner Cruise 


Jazz Festival New Orleans 

Pfizer World Headquarters NY Black History Month Show Damon Dash Gallery Tribeca NY 

Curated show at Amsterdam Window Gallery, City College New York Gallery Guichard Chicago 


Art Africa Basel Miami 

Art of Black Miami 

Smack Melon Brooklyn 

Bombay Sapphire Rush Gallery NY 


African American Museum Long Island New York 

FELASPIRATIONS at 946 Fulton Brooklyn New York Innovative Gallery Atlanta Georgia 


Dorsey Art Gallery Brooklyn

Damon Dash Gallery Tribecca Manhattan New York 

ARTCURIAN Gallery Brooklyn New York 

39th African International Art Fair New York (Official Artist) 2009 

Dorsey Gallery Brooklyn New York 


First Great Port Jefferson Juried Art Show New York 


Metropolitan Museum Of Art Manhattan New York Staff Show 


Florida Internatioal University Black History Month Miami Florida 2000 

Florida International University Black History Month 

Asmar B Art Gallery Miami Florida 

Roka Gallery NE Miami Florida 


Professor Agyeman Buffalo Soldier Art Show Miami Florida 1997 

Colors and Forms Goetthe Institute German Embassy Lagos Nigeria 1993 

Patrons Art Exhibition Kuru Jos Nigeria 


Bachelors of Arts Final Year Art Show Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria


Academic Press Art Exhibition Lagos Nigeria 


Adeyemi College National Certificate In Education Nigeria Final Year Art Show AWARDS 

Artist of the year 2010 , 

39th Africa International Art Fair New York 

First Prize; Port Jefferson Art Council Juried Art Show Long Island New York 


Gallery Representation; 

Amsterdam Whitney Gallery Chelsea, 

Gallery Guichard Chicago, 

Zenith Gallery Washington DC, 

Fash Leeds UK 

TerraCotta Atlanta