Alimi Adewale

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Visual Artist
Alimi Adewale
Primarily known for his Mixed Media & Oil on canvas pieces
Exhibitions with Retro Africa
Afro Modernism, Sprawling Cities.

Alimi Adewale’s pratice posit genres traditionally evoked in painting—such as portraits, landscapes, and  nudes but with a contemporary expression in a profusion of rich texture and often uncommon sculptural finish. Whether utilizing photography and oil paint (Owambe, 2015) or thick lump of oils mediums, ( House of Assembly 2013) that takes years to dry, Alimi mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures  cultivate the experiential function of art compare to the traditional African sculptures. Alimi incorporates elements of minimalism and abstraction   to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre.

Alimi Adewale was born in May 8th 1974 and he studied mechanical engineering in Ilorin, Nigeria. Interest in  art  spur going to exhibitions and he later developed his knowledge of art after graduating by undergoing various art workshop.

Since the late 2002, Alimi has used his Art practice to explore and personalize urban issues allude to the lives of everyday city people, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, rapid modern development and the growing global economy.

He had Sublime Exhibition at Quintessence Gallery in 2011 commonly acknowledged to have been the launching point for Alimi where he exhibited the Carnival series, Living Spaces and Urban Congestion series, Alimi describes this series as a means of “pinning down and document an era in this city which is eroding by excessive infrastructure development.

In 2013 Alimi began work on ‘Who is Afraid of Nudes, arguably his most famous series. Painting the African woman subjugation, her pain, joy, beauty. He said these women are my country, my country pain, sorrows, the huge natural resources yet citizens are living in  squalor.

In 2013, he unveiled the spectacular, ‘Naked Butterflies (2013) an online Art exhibition the first of its kind in Africa, the show was well received by the Art enthusiasts  who have challenges attending exhibitions as a result of logistics and traffic congestion in the city  . The show allows Art Lovers to enjoy works in the confine of their homes.

In 2012 Alimi exhibited Anonymous a charity exhibition for the EbunOluwa Foundation founded by Chief Mrs. Aino Ternstedt Oni-Okpaku. The foundation is a humanitarian organization and has been offering hope in various homes and centers. The home also provides assistance to abandoned children who are physically and mentally challenged.


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