Previous exhibitions and projects
Society Of Nigerian Artists (SNA) October Rain Art Exhibition, Thought Pyramid Gallery, Ikoyi Lagos, 2018
Lasgidi Cutural Arts Exhibition, Freedom Park, Lagos, 2015
Nigerian Undergraduates’ Exhibition Of Arts, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, 2012
Yaba College Of Technology Fine Art Department Final Year Art Exhibition, Yaba, Lagos, 2012
Lasgidi Cultural Arts exhibition, Freedom Park, Lagos, 2012
About the artist
Olalekan Odunbori was born in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria in 1989. When he was 10 he discovered his passion for drawing and has been practicing art ever since. While growing up, Lekan was exposed to art that was rooted in the cultural festivals of his hometown in Nigeria. The Egungun festival was a key source of inspiration for Lekan and he was particularly fascinated by the detailing on the different paintings of masquerades done at the entrance of each participating family’s house, as well as the Egungun head-dress and the patterns on the flamboyant costumes worn by participants. Lekan’s current style can be described as ‘semi-abstract art,’ drawing on the cubist movement. Lekan holds a Higher National Diploma in Painting from Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos. He currently lives and works in Lagos.
Sources of inspiration
Lekan is mainly inspired by the culture and language of the Yoruba people. He believes in the importance of preserving Yoruba culture in modern society and ensuring that it gets passed down to future generations. Another aspect that his works focus on is the family unit. The bond between a child and his or her parent has an immense impact on that individual’s future, since parents – whether intentionally or unintentionally - act as role models in children’s lives. These themes are frequently explored in Lekan’s work.
Lekan also uses his art to address issues concerning socio-economic segregation; he believes that his community will only move forward when the different social classes co-exist more harmoniously
Through his work, Lekan aims to re-tell African stories by showing the world how multi-faceted and extraordinary Yoruba culture is. He would like to see Nigeria’s disparate ethnic groups work together more closely, as it is only when people collaborate and use their individual talents that societies can truly progress.
“I want to use my art to unite people from different social classes in society. I want it to spark discussion among them on issues affecting us as people so that we can come together to find solutions to our problems.” – Olalekan Odunbori.