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Ify Chiejina (Ifeatuanya Chiejina) is a process-based visual artist born and raised in NYC. Ify is a black Igbo female with ideas, thoughts, and truths that are rooted and reflective of different customs and traditions. As a Nigerian-American, Ify considers the tensions and complexities that come with being brought up in an African household, in a western society. She primarily works in acrylic paint on canvas and or paper, and also in wet and dry based mediums such as charcoal and graphite to distort the human figure. Portrait of Father, Their Time in the Ivory Coast, and A Photograph Sent, are examples of her pieces that are direct renderings of photographs. Her portraits and figurative pieces express emotions, personalities and character. She aims to recreate and use the person/s depicted in a photograph to signify empowerment, and show the importance of developing a healthy sense of self. Ify is influenced by African, Black American, German Abstract Expressionists, Expressionists, and Graphic artists.

CUNY Queens College, BA in Philosophy 2012
Community Arts University Without Walls, (CAUWW) Certificate Program 2015

• SHARP Artists-in-Residence, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island, NY
• Conversations in Patterns, Textiles, Figures and Portraits: JAMILLA OKUBO AND IFY CHIEJINA, Calabar Imports, Harlem, NY
• First Friday, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY

• Notations In Passing, No Longer Empty, Queens Central Library, Queens, NY 
• Artist Co-Op, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY
• Voices Needs Heroes, NUTUREart space, Brooklyn, NY 
• Amref Health Africa, Artball honoring El Anatsui. Milk Studios, New York, NY
• Here + Now, Grand Rapids, MI (A new iteration of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, which debuted at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery in early 2016.) 

• Remix Rememory, No Longer Empty, Queens, NY 
• Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL
• Say It In Any Language You Want, Dixon Place, New York, NY 
• Amref Health Africa, Artball honoring Wangechi Mutu. Bleecker Hall, New York, NY
• Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), Queens, NY 
• CONVERSATIONS, Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ
• Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
• Generations X: Razzle Dazzle, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

• CCCADI, afriPOP!, and Weeksville Heritage Center co-presents, After Afropolitan– a tribute to Africa’s vanguard legacy and a look at unchartered territories of experience and imagination in the African Diaspora
• Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership Presents, Black Artstory Month: Where I’m From: The Black Artstory of Myrtle and Beyond

• SPARC Artists-in-Residence, Art Exhibition at the Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center
• Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership Presents, Black Artstory Month: Native Sons and Daughters: Locals, Im(migrants), Expats and Prodigals. Native Sons and Daughters

• Wayfarers Presents, RANSOM: A demanding collaboration with over 300 artists
• Greenpoint Gallery Presents, SUMMER SOLSTICE SALON SHOW
• All Arts Show Presents, TOYS, TOYS, TOYS
The Sapphire Lounge
• The Graduate Arts Association Presents, INTERSECTIONS
CUNY-Baruch College, NYC

Press & Publications 
• Brionne Janae, Book Cover, “After Jubilee”, BOAAT Press (forthcoming)
• SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics (forthcoming)
• Akosua Adoma Owusu, Featured Artworks for “On Monday of Last Week” (short film). Adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story, “On Monday of Last Week”. 

• Lori Zimmer, “All About African Art with Atim Oton,” Art nerd New York, access date: June 2,2016
• “A Pop-Up Within a Pop-Up,”
• Cynthia Manick, Book Cover, “Blue Hallelujahs”, Black Lawrence Press
• Exhibition Takes Aim at One-Dimensional Representations of Black Women’s Bodies in History and Contemporary,” Super Selected, access date: February 4, 2016 bodies-in-history-and-contemporary-media/

Awards and Residencies 
• JCAL Visual-Artist-in-Residency February 2017

• SHARP / Snug Harbor Artist Residency Program

• SPARC Artists-in-Residence, Stipend

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