Tugbiyele is a talented, award-winning international visual artist, sculptor, filmmaker, writer, activist and Fulbright scholar. Born in Brooklyn but of Nigerian descent, Adejoke has a Masters in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
She has exhibited at The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Newark Museum, The Jewish Museum of New York, The United Nations Headquarters in New York, The Museum of Arts and Design and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos Nigeria amongst numerous others.
She was awarded the Rinehart School of Sculpture’s Amalie Rothschild Award in 2013, the Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize in 2013 (semi-finalist) and the William M. Phillips Award for best figurative sculpture in 2012. Bold and exploratory in her work, she challenges deeply held complacency and disturbing notions about her own gender and sexual identity in society. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg.