Layo Bright (b. 1991, Lagos, Nigeria) received her LL.B (Hons.) from Babcock University (2014), was called to the Nigerian Bar Association (2015) and received her MFA in Fine Art (Honors) from The New School.
Bright works in sculpture and installation to build visual compositions that address African narratives, and create different vantage points for questioning issues surrounding the continent. In 2018 her installation, Must Go, received the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.
Bright has lectured as a Professor at The New School (Department of Integrated Design), and has exhibited work in the U.S. and Nigeria, with notable group exhibitions including 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; and Art Salon (2016), The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lagos. Her work has also been featured in the following group shows: The Hybrid of Being (2018), Westbeth Gallery, NY ; Growing Pebbles (2018), Sleep Center, NY; Flow Zone (2018), 25 East Gallery – Parsons Fine Arts, NY; SHIFT: The Spark of Resistance (2018), 25 East Gallery – Parsons Fine Arts, NY; How an Artwork Should Speak (2018), 25 East Gallery – Parsons Fine Arts, NY; Between (2017), Skybridge art space – Eugene Lang College, NY; among others.
Bright is the recipient of honors and awards including the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2018); the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017); Program Honors from The New School (2018); and the Parsons Dean Scholarship (2016).
She is currently based in New York.