Layo Bright (b. Lagos, Nigeria) explores themes of migration, inheritance, culture, gender and family in her works.
She has exhibited work in the U.S. and Nigeria, with group exhibitions including To Heal and Protect (2021), Welancora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; I Am Not A Goddess...Unless I Say I Am (2021), Alliance Française - Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos; SOMETHING ABOUT US (2021) Anthony Gallery, IL; A Chance Encounter (2020) Parts & Labor, NY; You Don’t See Me (2020) Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, NY; Migration(s) and Meanings in Art (2020), Meyerhoff Gallery at MICA, MD; Maid in Nigeria (2019), Untitled AWCA, Lagos; Through Her Eye (2018), Mana Contemporary, IL; Carry Over: New Voices from the Global African Diaspora (2018), Smack Mellon, NY; Reality Check (2017), Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY; among others.
She received her LL.B (Hons.) from Babcock University (2014), was called to the Nigerian Bar Association (2015) and received her MFA in Fine Art(Hons.) from the Parsons School of Design (2018). Bright is the recipient of honors and awards including the UrbanGlass Winter Scholarship Award (2021), UrbanGlass Winter Scholarship Award (2020), the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2018); the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017); and the Parsons Dean Scholarship (2016).