Adeoluwa Oluwajoba is an artist, curator and art critic. He holds a B.A in Fine and applied Arts from the Obafemi Awolowo University with a major in Painting.
He presently works as an intern at the Omenka Gallery and Ben Enwonwu Foundation where he frequently writes and conducts several art reviews and interviews, and his works have been published on Omenka online and Omenka Magazine.
“I have always enjoyed making art, especially drawing and painting, but never seriously considered studying it until my final year in secondary school. I was encouraged to by a then Fine Art student of Obafemi Awolowo University, and frankly I can’t imagine myself now doing any other thing.”
“I presently work with an art gallery in Lagos, Omenka Gallery, where I’m learning art writing, curating and administration to supplement my practical knowledge of art. I’m also currently carrying out a lot of experiments in both stylistic and thematic composition in my work, exploring areas outside conventional art practices and finding new ways of expression, because I think artists need to learn to grow and create a distinct style for themselves.”
“I think my art, foremost and most importantly is a portrayal of myself and the different changes and experiences I go through. I am very introspective with my work. I draw a lot of inspirations from issues that resonate with me and how I respond to them. It’s sort of like a documentation of the different parts of me in relation to changes in environment and interactions with people.”
“I explore themes of identity, self-examination, gender roles and spaces inhabited by the human body in my work, and I try to use my work to address issues that may not be very popular with the general public, and try to cause a shift in the people’s mindset.”
Speaking on his inspiration, Adeoluwa says, “My experiences inspire me. I draw a lot of inspiration from within. My art is created in response to my interactions with my environment, places I’ve been, people I’ve met, interacted with, and things I’ve done.”
“I also draw a lot of inspiration from books I read. I read a lot. I pick things from my immediate and distant environment that interest and resonate with me, and I try to represent them as I understand them.”
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