Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Founder
Organisation: Rele Gallery and Rele Arts Foundation


Job Title: Founder

Organisation: Rele Gallery and Rele Arts Foundation

Professional History: Adenrele Sonariwo is the Founder of Rele Gallery, Lagos and Los Angeles and the Rele Arts Foundation. Adenrele as a pioneer in the contemporary African art scene has conceived and executed numerous prominent exhibitions in art hubs all over the world, most notably steering the inaugural Nigerian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. The gallery under her leadership exhibits contemporary artists from Africa while the foundation empowers artists via grants, mentorship, and residency opportunities.
Adenrele has an MFA from the Academy of Art, San Francisco, Honors B.A. in Accounting from Howard University, DC and a certificate in Curating Contemporary Art from the University of the Arts, London Adenrele’s accolades include The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts, Apollo’s 40 under 40 list, and New African’s 100 most influential Africans of 2022 list.
She sits on the Advisory Council of SOUTH SOUTH art and the Expert Council of African Women on Board and often advises State Governments, Private and Public Institutions. She has been featured on CNN African Voices, NewYork Times, Financial Times and other global platforms for being a beacon of the contemporary art industry.

Academic and professional credentials: MA in Multi-Media Communications, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Certificate in Curating Contemporary Art, University of the Arts, London
BA in Business Administration/Accounting (Honors), Howard University, Washington DC

Programs: Ogun State Government Leadership Program for Appointees - 2021
African Women on Board/Africa Soft Power Leadership Programs – 2020-2023
Benin Dialogue Group (Repatriation) – Leadership Seminar, 2019
Public Art Fellowship – Beijing & Shanghai China, Fine Arts College, 2017


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