Ebenezer Samuel Akinola was born on December 1, 1968, in Ibadan, Nigeria. He studied painting at the University of Benin and graduated in 1989. Akinola's art focuses on celebrating black culture and questioning ideas about race, gender, beauty, identity, and modern African issues.
He is known for his portraits and figure studies, where he combines realistic and abstract elements. His artworks have detailed touches that bring out specific features.
Akinola has received important art commissions, including portraits of former Nigerian leaders like Nnamdi Azikwe, Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Olusegun Obasanjo. These portraits are showcased at the National Gallery of Art in Lagos. He has also been part of various art exhibitions in Nigeria and around the world, sharing his talent and contributing to discussions about art, culture, and society.
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