Malaika Temba (b. 1996, Washington, D.C.) is a Visual Artist based in New York. Temba creates textile works that honor the lineage of the diaspora’s aunties and femmes, addressing the responsibility, time, attention and patience expected of these laborers, comforters, nurturers, and providers. She wields fabric—an oft-overlooked material conflated with gendered notions of softness—as a resilient and unbreakable format to confront labor standards and global trade. Having grown up across Saudi Arabia, Uganda, South Africa, Morocco, and the United States, her lens and creative processes embrace globalization and intercultural connection by shining light on all of its intricacies.

Temba graduated with a BFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018. In 2021, she was honored as the recipient of the YoungArts Jorge M. Pérez Award and since then, she has been selected for significant residencies: Art Omi (2023, NY), MASS MoCA (2023, MA), Bandung Residency, MoCADA + A4 Arts Alliance (2023, NY) and Silver Art Projects (2024, NY). Temba has had solo exhibitions with Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami (2021; forthcoming 2024; Miami, FL), Lilia Ben Salah Gallery (2023; Paris, France), and Gaa Gallery (2023, Cologne, Germany). She has participated in group exhibitions with Allouche Gallery (2021, NY), The Yard (2021, NY) and Mindy Solomon in collaboration with Albertz Benda (2022, LA). Her work has been collected by various public and private collections, including the collections of Jorge M. Pérez and Beth Rudin DeWoody.


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Gallery Representation
Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL ︎
Gallerie Lillia Ben Salah, Paris, FR ︎


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, 2018
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) with Honors, Textile Design

Brown University, Providence, RI, 2018
Selected Courses in: Africana Studies, Modern Culture & Media, Music and Multimedia Composition, French Language

School for Poetic Computation, Dark Matters, taught by American Artist, 2022

Visual Arts Center Magnet Program, Kensington, MD, 2014


MASS MoCa: Artist in Residence, MA, 2023
Art Omi: Artist in Residence, NY, 2023
Bandung Residency, A4 Arts Alliance and Mocada, NY, 2023-2024
Silver Art Projects Digital Residency, New York, NY, 2021
Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL, 2020-21

Jorge M. Pérez Award, 2021
RISD Textile Department Alumni Award, 2018
Warren Family Social Engagement Award, 2018
U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semi-Finalist, 2014
Haimovicz Award, MD, 2014
YoungArts Foundation National Winner in Visual Arts, 2014

Wildfires on Mount Kilimanjaro, Galerie Lilia Ben Salah, Paris, France (March 27 - May 20, 2023)
Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues, SOHO House, Miami, FL (February, 2023) 
Not Yet Uhuru, Naomi Fassil Gallery, New York, NY (December  16, 2021)
Sugarcane Is Sweetest At The Joint, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (June 26 - July 31, 2021)

New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Miami (December 5 - 9)
Historic Hampton House Miami (December 4 - January 22)
Art Abu Dhabi Fair, Galerie Lilia Ben Salah, Abu Dhabi, UAE (November 24 - 27)
Art Cologne Fair, Gaa Gallery, Cologne, Germany (November 16 - 19, 2023)
Quaquaversal, Gaa Gallery, New York, NY (July 14 - August, 2023)
Family Style, Situations Gallery, New York, NY (July 12 - August 4, 2023)
Hand Over Hand, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL (April 30 - June 10, 2023)
Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Lilia Ben Salah, Paris, France (April 2 - 6, 2023)
Expo Chicago Art Fair, Mindy Solomon Gallery, Chicago, IL (April 14 - 17, 2023)

In Moonlight We Turn Blue, STRADA, New York (October, 2022)
Positions and Points of View (Partis Pris et Points de Vue), Galerie Lilia Ben Salah, Paris, France (September 8 - October 8, 2022)
A Confluence of Coastal Creativity, Albertz Benda and Mindy Solomon, Los Angeles, CA (July 8 - August 5, 2022)
Culture, STRADA, New York, NY (February, 2022)

Operation Varsity Blues, curated by Charles Moore, Allouche Gallery, New York (June 5 - July 5, 2021)

Loom, Longing, The Yard, New York

Education as a Practice of Freedom, curated by Jasmine Wahi, Miami, FL
String Theory, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
The Sweeter the Juice, Benson Gallery, Providence, RI

Mutual Encounters, Gelman Gallery, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

Octo, Sound Arts Performance, Providence, RI
Fort Adams: Drawing Parallels, Listening for Echos, installation at Fort Adams, RI

YoungArts Winners in Visual Arts, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.; and YoungArts Building, Miami, FL

The Rendering Project, George Washington University, DC


Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami
Lilia Ben Salah Gallery, Paris

The Bunker Artspace, collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, Palm Beach, FL
N’Namdi Collection, Miami, FL
El Espacio 23, collection of Jorge M. Pérez, Miami, FL
Selig Sacks (American Folk Art Museum), New York, NY
Michael Sherman (Hammer Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art), Private Collection

ARTIST TALK Brooklyn Museum, Africa Fashion Exhibit in conversation with co-curators Ernestine White-Mifetu and Annissa Malvoisin, 2023
RISD Textiles Department, Providence, RI, 2022
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, 2021
Queens Council on the Arts, New York, NY, 2021
RISD Textiles Department, Providence, RI, 2021
Fountainhead Arts Open Studios, Miami, FL, 2020

Print Design, Head of State, New York Fashion Week SS 2023
Nike x Head of State x Malaika Temba Shoe Collaboration FW 2023

‘Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days’ Documentary - Artwork Feature

Rhymes with Reason, Merchandise Design and Production

Graphic Design and Production, “Sue Me” by Wale Music Video
Graphic Design and Screenprinting, BLM Community Print Event

Merchandise Design, Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival
Merchandise Design, Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture

Wonderland Magazine Cover, Head of State x Malaika Temba for Kaytranada
“Malaika Temba, Les Feux Du Mont Kilimandjaro,” Point Contemporain (May 9, 2023) http://pointcontemporain.com/en-direct-exposition-malaika-temba-les-feux-du-mont-kilimandjaro/
Top 5 Booths at Expo Chicago 2023, New City Art, (April 14, 2023) https://art.newcity.com/2023/04/14/top-5-booths-at-expo-chicago-2023/

“Designer Taofeek Abijako on His New Exhibit Exploring Black Vulnerability,” Vogue (October 20, 2022). https://www.vogue.com/article/head-of-state-taofeek-abijako-in-moonlight-we-turn-blue-exhibit
“Textile Designer Malaika Temba Speaks on Her Journey Into the Art World,” interview with Red Carpet Segments, Voice of America (March 26, 2022). https://www.voanews.com/a/textile-designer-malaika-temba-speaks-on-her-journey-into-the-art-world/6502877.html

Naomi Fassil Gallery, “Malaika Temba: Not Yet Uhuru,” Stay Happening (December 16, 2021). https://stayhappening.com/e/malaika-temba-not-yet-uhuru-E3LUTHAPIJ6R
Galerie Editors, “Next Big Things: Malaika Temba,” Galerie Magazine (December 3, 2021). https://galeriemagazine.com/next-big-things-malaika-temba/
“On Its 40th Anniversary, YoungArts Is Just Getting Started,” Cultured Magazine (November 10, 2021). https://www.culturedmag.com/article/2021/11/10/on-its-40th-anniversary-youngarts-is-just-getting-started
“Sugarcane is Sweetest at the Joint: Solo Exhibition by Malaika Temba,” YoungArts (June 26, 2021). https://youngarts.org/calendar/sugarcane-is-sweetest-at-the-joint-solo-exhibition-by-malaika-temba/
Tyler Francischine, “Malaika Temba’s Textile Works Exhibit a Reverence for the Process,” Miami New Times (June 25, 2021). https://www.miaminewtimes.com/miami/Print?oid=12389251
“‘Operation Varsity Blues’ at Allouche Gallery,” Surface Design Association (June 16, 2021). https://www.surfacedesign.org/operation-varsity-blues-at-allouche-gallery/ 
Jose D. Duran, “June 2021 Gallery Guide: Bhakti Baxter, Juan Ledesma, Malaika Temba, and More,” Miami New Times (June 9, 2021). https://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/june-2021-miami-art-guide-bhakti-baxter-malaika-temba-tal-amitai-lavi-and-tal-frank-12335632
Charles Moore and Alexandra M. Thomas, “Operation Varsity Blues,” exhibition catalog for exhibition Operation Varsity Blues at Allouche Gallery, June 5 - July 5, 2021, New York, NY. https://issuu.com/deannaluudesign/docs/varsity_blues_pages 
“Malaika Temba receives YoungArts Jorge M. Pérez Award,” artdaily (May 30, 2021). https://artdaily.com/news/136150/Malaika-Temba-receives-YoungArts-Jorge-M--P-rez-Award-#.YkXEFi-B1pQ
“Malaika Temba Receives National YoungArts Foundation Jorge M. Pérez Award,” YoungArts (May 27, 2021). https://youngarts.org/press-releases/malaika-temba-recieves-national-youngarts-foundation-jorge-m-perez-award/

“‘Vote or Die’ T-shirts are back, with a twist,” New York Times, (September 23, 2020). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/us/elections/vote-or-die-t-shirts-are-back-with-a-twist.html

Whitewall, “Whitewaller Miami 2018: What to See,” whitewaller (December 3, 2018). https://whitewall.art/art/whitewaller-miami-2018-see


Part-Time Faculty and Critic, Textile Department, Rhode Island School of Design, RI

Assistant Art Director and Graphic Designer, Pyer Moss, New York, NY
Design and Production, Pyer Moss, New York, NY

Product Designer, LG& Design Associates, New York, NY
Graphic Designer and Content Creator, Schomburg Shop, Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture, New York, NY
Jim Drain Studio Assistant, Providence, RI

Kenya (Robinson) Studio Assistant, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY

Assistant Technician, RISD Textile Department, RI

Teaching Assistant, RISD Experimental and Foundation Studies, RI