Born in Nigeria in 1964, Iké Udé has lived and worked in New York City, NY since the 1980s and over the years has developed a reputation for portraiture, being listed as one of the 10 Masters of Self Portraiture along with Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.
His work has exhibited and is in the permanent collections of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum, RISD Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and elsewhere around the world. His pictures have also been reviewed in New York Times, The New Yorker, Art in America, Flash Art, Art News and several other publications. His articles on fashion and art have been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide.
Udé is the author of Style File: the World’s Most Elegantly Dressed, published by Harper Collins in 2008 Style File is a remarkable volume that profiles more than 55 of the most influential arbiters of style in the world today, offering frank insight to their views on fashion and life through evocative interviews and lush photography. Included among the many notable designers, artists, and public figures are John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Victoire de Castellane, André Leon Talley,Dita Von Teese, Ute Lemper, Francesco Clemente, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Lapo Elkann, Frédéric Malle, and many others. He is also author of Beyond Decorum (MIT Press, 2000) which accompanied a traveling exhibition that was the first comprehensive publication on his photography.
Iké Udé has made the coveted Vanity Fair magazine’s International Best Dress List, in 2009, 2012 and 2015; Vanity Fair: A Blast of the Best 2013; Vanity Fair: The Top Ten Best Dressed Artists, 2013.