Senga Nengudi Edit Profile
Bachelor in Art, California State University, Los Angeles, 1966. Master of Arts in Sculpture, California State University, Los Angeles, 1971. Foreign study, Waseda University, Tokyo, 1966—1967.
She then spent a year studying at Waseda University, Tokyo. Afterwards, she returned to California State University, from which she received her MA in sculpture in 1971. She moved to New York City shortly thereafter to continue her career as an artist.
She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Complicating cultural, ethnic and racial classification became as central to Nengudi's work as her handling of gender constraints. She often combines African, Asian and Native American art forms in particular for her performance pieces and staged photographs.
While her oeuvre highlights issues surrounding gender, race and ethnicity, Nengudi's work focuses on the ways in which everyone is negatively affected by these systematic forces and her pieces attempt to foster cross-cultural inspiration for men and women alike.
Founding member Sankofa African Dance and Cultural Organization. Board directors Performing Arts for Youth Organization, Colorado Springs, 1990—1994, Tutmose Academy, 1998, Shivers Academy, since 2002. Member of College Art Association, Negro History Association Colorado Springs (associate), Toni Morrison Society (associate).
Married Ellioutt Fittz, December 29, 1976. Children: Sanza Azizi Fittz, Oji Azizi Fittz.
NationalityUnited States of America