BOLUWATIFE OYEDIRAN

<p data-mce-fragment="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">Boluwatife Oyediran was born in 1997 in Nigeria where he lives and works.&nbsp;</span></p>
<p data-mce-fragment="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">He completed his studies at Emmanuel Alayande College of Education in 2016, where&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">he focused on Fine and Applied Arts. He had focused on English Literature; within his&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">studies. Boluwatife finds inspiration from the realism of Kehinde Wiley and the surrealist&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">landscape of Rene Magritte, and the racial politics and mythology of Harmonia Rosales.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">He is currently the first Visiting Fellow from Nigeria at the Noldor Residency for the 2021&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">year.</span></p>
<p data-mce-fragment="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">His works focus on the visual representation of the beauty inherent within the heritage of black identity and the dilemma that accompanies being black.</span></p>
<p data-mce-fragment="1"><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">Presenting views of the black experience, he focuses on the intersections of family,&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">community and intellectual legacies. He incorporates the medium acrylic on canvas as he&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">explores the narrative of the black experience. In connection with the poised yet stoic nature&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">of his figures, recalling the oeuvre of Belgian artist René Magritte, he often adopts&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">a layered, poetic, and conceptual interpretation. In reference to the cotton field motif, his&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">practice analyses the nuanced story of black identity in challenging themes such as&nbsp;</span><span style="font-weight: 400;" data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-style="font-weight: 400;">neo-colonialism and post-modern slavery.</span></p>

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