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Derek Fordjour (b. 1974, Memphis, Tennessee)

Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee to parents of Ghanaian heritage.

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at SHELTER, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, MO (2020); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); Josh Lilley Gallery, London (2019); Zona Maco, Mexico City (2018); LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy (2017), among other venues.

He has received commissions for public projects from the ‪Whitney Museum Billboard Project and from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York City, for a permanent installation at the ‪145th Street Subway Station in Manhattan. He was the 2016 Sugarhill Museum Artist in-Residence, a resident of the 2017 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City, and was awarded the 2018 Deutsche Bank NYFA Fellowship. He is a graduate of Morehouse College in ‪Atlanta, Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College. Fordjour frequently serves as a lecturer at institutions and as a Core Critic at Yale University School of Art.

Fordjour’s work is held in collections throughout the United States, including the Brooklyn Museum; LACMA, Los Angeles; Studio Museum, Harlem, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Perez Art Museum, Miami and the ‪Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.


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