Layo Bright (b. Lagos, Nigeria) is a sculptor who explores migration, legacy, and identity through hybrid portraits, textiles, and mixed media works.
Bright’s recent exhibitions include Rockhaven, Monique Meloche Gallery, IL, USA; Undercurrents, Sean Kelly Gallery, NY, USA; Woman to Woman, Bode Projects, Berlin, Germany; House of Crowns, Phillips, NY, USA; Faces of the Hero: From New York to Athens, Lincoln Center (NYC, USA) and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Athens, Greece); To Heal and Protect, Welancora Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA; among others.
She has participated in notable art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, Future Fair 2021, and Prizm Art Fair 2020.
Bright received her MFA (Hons.) from the Parsons School of Design (2018) and is the recipient of honors and awards including the UrbanGlass Winter Scholarship Award (2021), the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (2018); and the Beyoncé Formation Finalist Scholarship (2017).
She has participated in several artist residencies including the Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist & AIR at Tyler School of Art, NXTHVN Fellowship in New Haven, CT; Triangle, Brooklyn, NY; Flux Factory, Queens, NY; The Studios at Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA; Tri-tryagain Studio Residency, Brooklyn, NY; International Studio Center Sculpture Residency at Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township, NJ.