Adenrele Sonariwo is an award-winning, gallerist and curator, founder of Rele Art Gallery and Rele Art Foundation.
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 has curated and over seen several commercially and critically successful high profile art exhibitions within Nigeria, The United States and Italy; exhibitions that challenge the boundaries of art, engaging innovative 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.
She was the first person to curate an art exhibition at Nigeria’s seat of power, The Presidency (Abuja) and has been featured in global publications such as the Financial Times, The Art Review, Forbes Africa, and Vogue.
In 2016, she won the Future Awards Prize for Arts and Culture.
Most recently, Denrele Sonariwo curated the first ever Nigerian Pavilion at the most important art exhibition in the world – Venice Biennale which opened on May 2017 in Venice, Italy.
Kehinde Afolabi has worked in this role for over 2 years. She is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the gallery, ensuring that the space runs smoothly. Her tasks also include artist relationship management, customer service and client liaison.
Kehinde is a graduate of University of Ghana.