Adeniyi Damilola is a contemporary artist from Nigeria, he currently resides in the city Lagos. He creates captivating stories on canvas using acrylic and oil paints at his studio. Adeniyi is a self-taught artist who attained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Babcock University, Nigeria (2016). After graduating from college, and working at multiple organizations, Adeniyi found himself stuck in a routine of working with no sense of purpose. This led him back to his love of being a creative, which he had discovered in his adolescence. He made the decision to purse art full time.
Being an artist to Adeniyi means being different. From the moment he decided to become a full-time artist, his life changed. He embraced a constant drive to grow and improve as an artist. This desire keeps him on his toes mentally, physically, and emotionally. Adeniyi looks forward to the adventures that he will embark on through his journey as an artist.
Afro-Surrealism, is the space where Adeniyi’s artworks reside. It is a fusion of African ideas that are presented in a surrealistic ambiance, which he employs to tell stories. In his work, he tries to create narratives that viewers can relate to.
“I see myself as a storyteller. The stories I tell usually have an African origin, and I focus strongly on the personalities of the characters that I depict. I always wanted to capture the essence of what makes humans have unique personalities. I also wanted to represent the hidden side of the personalities we portray. In my work the hidden personalities of my subjects are portrayed by a wooden mask which I use to represent the face of my subjects”
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The afro-surrealistic world created by Adeniyi explores the cognitive process of decision making and how these decisions shape an individual. To understand what goes into decision making, is to investigate the beliefs, preferences, values, and assumptions held by the figurines portrayed in his work. Adeniyi draws from his life experience to capture a phase of his life on canvas, which connects him to those bodies of work. He is also inspired by the life experiences of people within his environment, everyday activities, music, and movies.
Adeniyi tries to remain observant of colors that are present in nature within his environment, this feeds into the colors he implements in his work. Acrylic and oil paints are media which he manipulates to attain the texture, and smoothness seen in his paintings.
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