Muyiwa Akinwolere

Muyiwa Akinwolere

Born in 1976 at Lawerson area of Lagos, Muyiwa Akinwolere is a contemporary Nigerian artist. He studied art in the Obafemi Awolowo University, in 1999. 

Akinwolere's artistic journey began fron the ancient town of Oshogbo, where he had his primary education. It was there where he became fascinated with the works of Sussane Wenger and a number of artists of the Osogbo art school. Muyiwa's early practice was centered around Yoruba mythology and the workings of the supernatural.

Recently, he has been concerned with migration, social inequality and the politics of resource control.

Muyiwa incorporates a combination of dyes and recycled materials in his mixed- media process, rendering his forms in a signature fluid and satirical gesture.

In 2016, he had a 6 months residency program with Ventures Africa, where he experimented with inks and metals to create a body of work about home grown terror in Nigeria and its immediate migratory effect. In June 2020, Muyiwa made a body of new works exploring issues surrounding conspiracy theories in a just completed residency program at Afrika Now, Lagos.

Muyiwa has exhibited both locally and internationally. He lives and works from Badagry, where he set up The Fringe Studio. 

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