Rotimi Okhioroya, also known as Rotimok, is a Painter and an occasional Photographer.
The graduate of Mass Communication from Yaba College of Technology describes himself as an enthusiast who loves acquiring new skills.
“If you know me well, you’d know I see life in monotone (laughs). Most of my photographs are in black and white but I paint in colours.”
“As a kid, I always loved comics not just for the stories but the artistic contents particularly.
I was fond of drawing my favourite characters and soon started creating mine.”
“My art education started as a direct result of my failure with ballpoint pens. And soon I met a wonderful teacher and mentor in Murphy Sawyerr who inspired me with his amazing style of drawing with ballpoint pens.”
“He was my senior in secondary school at the time. I recall struggling with the face on a drawing I was attempting to copy in ballpoint ink. I messed the sketch up so badly I tore the sketch and broke the pen.”
“My siblings, Harrison and Laura were my first critics and fans. Always quick to laugh at the bad works and also praise the good ones. My mom never spared the lash me for ruining the covers of my books with sketches.”
“I couldn’t help it, I’d draw on literally anything and everything; bills, old documents or plain sheets flying around. As an African mom that she is, she’ll follow me up with knocks on my head and punishments.”
“Soon, I started drawing discretely. I bought a sketchbook from my savings, drew every piece in it and hid it behind the deep freezer at home. I recall creating and sketched about a 40 page comic in my book.
“Until one day, she found the book. I thought to myself “mo ti ku (I’m dead)”. But to my amusement, she was rather impressed and showed my works to everyone as if to say “I’m proud of you son”.
“I found interest in graphics and photography later in life and interned for a year with Images Kreation, a creative agency. After then, I’d worked as a graphic artist with various companies; Eni Saipem, Value4naira.com, and Cirqus Entertainment to mention a few.”
“Just recently, I made conscious efforts to sketch and paint again so I created a page on Instagram called “Langodo Art” in September 2018. Somewhere I thought I could showcase my art pieces. Amusingly, the feedback has been quite encouraging. And I have completed a handful of commissions via the platform.”
“Afro-pop culture is largely portrayed in Rotimi’s work “Showing beautiful Africans in Africa to the world motivate me, I would say I’m pro-African. Every one of my works; Fantasy, Epic, Futuristic or Fashion have an element of Africa in them. We Nigerians or Africans as a whole are beautiful, advanced and fast developing and I feel this has not been splashed enough in details around the world. That’s the little gap I hope my art will bridge.
Rotimi is inspired by his love for Afro-pop culture and events of everyday life inform all the subjects he chooses.
“I also take photographs constantly, always looking for interesting subjects, lighting effects, colours etc as a result, draw inspirations from the exposures. I consider myself a “storyteller” artist.”
I work to intentionally build into my pieces via subject, composition, colour, and light a bit of mystery, unexpectedness or emotion as a way of conveying to the viewer my experience of the time or place captured on the canvas.”
“Isn’t that, after all, is said, what it’s all about?”
Connect with him via
Facebook, Instagram &Twitter: Rotimok
Art Page: Facebook: Langido Art
Phone Number: 08030551145