In early 2021, the Yoruba service of the BBC News ran a spotlight on a young Nigerian artist. This interview really did spotlight the artist as more and more Nigerians dug up to know more about him.
His artworks resurrects retrospective aesthetics, giving a feeling of the style and pop culture of African cities in the 1970s: his subjects are likely to be young Africans in funky fashion and around objects definitive of some 40 to 50 years ago.
Unlike we would have thought, the artist was not born within the funky era but around the mid 90s. An old soul Olamide Ogunade is.
Olamide Ogunade is a contemporary artist whose oeuvre cuts across various mediums including ballpoint pen, acrylic and oil paint, charcoal, and pencil.
He was born on 6th January, 1996 and was raised in Surulere, Lagos. Ogunade was schooled in Fine Arts at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, and happenings in his society, Olamide creates works that promote the understanding of black identity.
Olamide Ogunade has participated in several exhibitions including “Stop, Listen” at the CFHILL gallery, Sweden and “Afrika First” at the Valerius gallery, Luxembourg. He won the “Tecno Art challenge” 2020. In 2018, he was invited for a month-long residency in the United Arab Emirates.
His works have been collected by art collectors from different countries including Burkina Faso, Austria, USA, Germany, France, and Sweden.