Kalejaiye Ifeoluwa, a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Southwest Nigeria, initially began his artistic journey by creating commissioned pencil portraits. However, driven by a passionate desire to contribute more meaningfully to the socio-cultural dialogue, he transitioned into addressing profound realities through his art.
Ifeoluwa's artistic focus revolves around portraying the struggles and experiences of black individuals within their societal context. His art serves as a narrative, earnestly sharing stories until they no longer need telling, even if achieving such a lofty goal seems like a distant dream.
With a conviction that art can catalyze social change, Ifeoluwa seeks to encourage introspection about individual uniqueness amid shared struggles. He employs a mixed media approach, predominantly working with charcoal and acrylics. His creative process involves layering charcoal on canvas and delicately carving into the surface, offering a visually compelling representation of vulnerabilities harmonized with evocative colors. Through this method, Ifeoluwa strives to prompt viewers to reflect on their shared humanity and the potential for collective understanding.
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