Gallerist and Art Curator, Rele Art Gallery
Adenrele Sonariwo is an award-winning, accomplished, Art Entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience working in the Art & Creative Industry. She holds a Masters of Fine Art – Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA, a Curating Contemporary Art Certificate – University of the Arts, London and a B.A. Business Administration/Accounting (Honors) Howard University, Washington, DC She is currently a Gallerist and Art Curator in Lagos, Nigeria, founder and director of Rele Art Gallery, Onikan Lagos – an unconventional, contemporary art space that has been and is on a mission in various capacities to trigger a newfound appreciation, engagement, and followership with the arts; exposing a larger, global audience to African contemporary art. It has been successful thus, and is the leading destination for a younger, aspirational art audience. She has curated and overseen several commercially and critically successful high profile art exhibitions within Lagos and in New York, that challenge the boundaries of art, engaging in provocative subjects and techniques. She has also led the movement to break art out of ivory tower, with Rele gallery exploring and partnering with fields of technology, community social causes & health. In 2016, she won the Future Awards Prize for Arts and Culture.