Olushola Oluwaseun Olajobi, also known as Spicy or Prince is a visual artist from Igbotu in Ese-Odo local government of Ondo state Nigeria. He is a graduate of Fine and applied arts who specialises in art history from the University of Benin, Edo state and also holds an ordinary national diploma in arts and design from The Polytechnic, Ibadan.
Olushola describes himself as a writer, creative visual artist, creative director of Spicy concept, art blogger at africapalette.wordpress.com and lover of new knowledge.
His journey into art started from as early as 7. However, he tried to hide his talent due to fear of criticism and secretly drew with pencil, crayons and poster colour. But the love and passion for the art could not be hidden. His love took him from Polytechnic in Ibadan to the University of Benin where he studied art professionally.
Right now, he has been able to carve out a niche for himself as an African. “I am at a point now in my art where I now have my signature style, which many know me by. And this style came up as a result of extensive research, creative thinking and a desire to solve the problem of identity as an African (black) in a world where racism persist. I choose the black colour (currently working with black ink) as the colour of my skin and the yellow paper as the symbols of the sun that helps tones it so as to show to the world that am proud of my origin and I can/ will never trade that for anything.”
The young visual artist, who is inspired by many things around him faces the challenge of acceptance because of the way artists are perceived in this environment and he also encounters limitations in selling his work. But he remains resilient and tries to showcase his art through his website, africapalette.wordpress.com. He is open to commission, haute couture, carnival props and costumes and other jobs.
Connect with all his social media handles through about.me/Olushola o.olajobi
His mobile number: +2348060743401 (WhatsApp inclusive).