Emmanuel Osahor

Emmanuel Osahor
Assistant Professor
Building AA 330
Studio Art


Emmanuel Osahor’s practice engages with beauty as a necessity for survival, and a precursor to thriving in the midst of today’s marginalization and inequity. Through a rigorously playful inquiry into materials and image making processes, his works depict garden spaces as complicated sanctuaries within which manifestations of beauty and care are present. His work has been presented in multiple solo and group exhibitions across Canada and can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Guelph, Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Bank of Canada, RBC, and TD Bank. He is represented by Galerie Nicolas Robert.


BFA University of Alberta (2015)
MFA University of Guelph (2021)

Teaching Interests

Painting; Drawing; Printmaking; Photography; Installation

Research Interests

Rest, care and beauty in relation to social justice; Contemporary romanticism in visual art; Artistic practice of the African diaspora

Awards and Grants

The Joseph Plaskett Prize in Canadian Painting - 2021
The Robert Sutherland fellowship, Queens University - 2021
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph - 2020
Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Individual Project Grant - 2019
Honorable Mention, 2018 RBC Painting Competition - 2018
Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant - 2018
Canada Council for the Arts Concept to Realization Grant - 2018


Emmanuel Osahor. A Chair outside. February 24 - March 26, 2022. Galerie Nicolas Robert, Toronto.

Emmanuel Osahor. Conversations in the Garden. October 30 - December 12, 2021.  BAND Gallery (Toronto).

Emmanuel Osahor. For A Moment. May 20 - October 3, 2021  The Art Gallery of Guelph.

Emmanuel Osahor. No Place. January 6 - March 7 2019. McMullen Gallery(Edmonton)

Emmanuel Osahor. In Search of Eden. 2018 Works International Art and Design Festival (Edmonton).