About the artist

Born 1981, Okitipupa, Nigeria
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria

Originally trained as a botanist, Olatunji is a self-taught artist who spent considerable personal time researching art historical movements and modes of production. Recent projects draw from extensive research into age-old cultural practices of his indigenous Yoruba culture, resulting in the critically well-received series of drawings and paintings – Tribal Marks Series I – IV.

Newer projects have included the monumental paintings of “The History of the Yorubas” and intimate drawings of cryptic Yoruba messages called “Aroko”.

With numerous exhibitions in Lagos and London, and art fair participation in a number of cities globally (New York, Basel, Cape Town & Maastricht included), his paintings have been acquired by several private collections in Switzerland, the US, UK, Nigeria, and Turkey; and the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, Michigan.

In 2017, Olatunji was selected for inclusion in the curated element of the Royal AcademySummer Show in London, UK.

Babajide Olatunji is represented by TAFETA London

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