Artist Ogunlesi Paul Oyetunde By Miabo Enyadike

My Artist focus for this month of September, is Ogunlesi Paul Oyetunde, a young Nigerian Artist whose artworks are inspired by humanity and his immediate society.

His style of painting is focused on Portraiture and an honest expression of the human face, with regards to real people portraying real expressions. 

I can relate to Ogunlesi's realistic paintings of expressions with emotions and how he draws inspiration from people because I am also inspired by the human expressions and faces around me, I just create mine in the abstract. 

The reason, I think Ogunlesi is a young Nigerian Artist to watch is because of his focus and sheer genius of the understanding of the human face and how it is structured. 

He's ability, to create wholesome portraits of his subject, that immediately tells you the story of this subject and the society they belong to and represent is telling of an artist, who not only paints well but understands the background of his subjects.

 I also love the fact that his art is conscious of the environment in which he works because he paints on newsprints (old newspapers,) which creates a textured surface for his art. 

In turn, he reduces waste subtly and selflessly creates art and awareness, about simple recycling and upcycling of newspapers in a respected and appreciated manner, which is indeed inspiring.

Below is Ogunlesi Paul's Bio and accomplishments:

 Artist Statement

Art to me is a reflection of who I am, my experiences, my environment, and all that makes up my African society. 

I can't describe myself, except that I am always the focal point of my art, irrespective of the subject, I create. My art represents me and portrays my impression of any subject I paint, in a way that everyone witnessing my work, can understand the story I'm telling, because it is art, a universal language.

Brief Bio
Ogunlesi Paul is From Ogun State, Nigeria, and was born on the 14th day of November 1994 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Yaba College of  Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, where he obtained National Diploma in General Art (A major in Painting)

He worked as an IT student in Defactori  Art Studio under Akintunde Olajide John and has participated in numerous art workshops and symposiums, within the country which includes, OYASAF marble print workshop, Artmiabo Art workshop, and Facilitator at the young at Art workshop organized by Omolayo Art Gallery.

The Medallion Art workshop in honor of Kolade Oshinowo's birthday. Art in Medicine Fellowship and Workshop 2018 and Artbridge project symposium, as well as  several group art exhibitions which include  OYASAF Art for peace Exhibition, Spirit Art Festival (organized by the House of Bezalel ).

 Ogunlesi, has been involved in several art projects that have earned him awards and recognition, as a young emerging Artist.

Some of these awards include:

Overall Winner of The Showoff Live Competition 2016. 

Winner of the TMP Library Art Competition.

One of the top 100 Artists and consolation prize winners, at the Union Bank Centenary Art Competition 2017.

 The art projects he has participated into date include:

Participating Artist, Customer Segmentation Framework Art Exhibition,
Participating Artist, at the Otta Art Fair and Exhibition.

Participaticipating artist art the ICAF Lagos Art Show,
Participating Artist at the Global Segmentation Framework exhibition 2018.

 Participating artist at the "My Environment" Art workshop and exhibition organized by the BBAAN
He is also a member of the Beyond Borders Artists Association of Nigeria.

To contact Ogunlesi, below are his details if you are interested in collecting his works or extending exhibitions invites, of which he can participate, to further show his work, home and abroad.

Name: Ogunlesi Paul Oyetunde
Phone. Number: +2348122330222

                                              MIABO ENYADIKE