Though paint may be Yisa Akinbolaji's first material of choice, "I do not just paint; I create using paint,"
says the artist. Like his own worldwide romp—which has taken him from his native Nigeria, where he
was featured in Nigerian Artists: A Who's Who and Bibliography, to the University of North Dakota, where
he earned his MFA, to his current home in Winnipeg, Canada, where he is full-time artist—Akinbolaji sees
art as one connected journey. "In my work, I reveal the colours and forms that lie beneath the covering
layers of paint," he says. My art technique emphasizes the character of my visual narratives, my journey,
my expereience and my imagination in a personal and unique way."
Jennifer M. Wood, Art Business News, New York 2011.
the artist's QUOTES
Art related Quotes Social Justice Quotes
Art is a truth, if you walk away The best future is in the
from it, soon you will walk into it. hands of today's children.
It is impossible to attain a harmonious While I preach and emphsize to
society if each person cannot practice you brand, and the importance
harmony and honesty at home and at of branding, there is no way your life
or if one finds coutesy too expensive work can all brand if you are truly an artist
to give. and very innovative, unless you will be
limited to have created 35 paintings.
If you claim you do not understand the
artist's language, you are simply in denial. In my world, you don't have to own my
Probably you have a truth you are trying to hide. work to be my patron, you just need to
be my encourager and well wisher.
In his paintings, Yisa explores and uncovers the possibilities of his creative expression, combining various art expertise and endeavors to express a full range of experiences
in one piece. Yisa’s Yoruba, African root for hard work and Western education dominate the eclecticism and diversity of his technique. Yisa was featured on the
cover of Art Business News, New York, in November 2011 for his distinctive painting technique. He is founder and past president of the Creative Foundation Inc. He is also
past president of the Manitoba Society of Artists. Yisa Akinbolaji is a change agent who believes that our best future is in the hands of today's children.
Visual artist: painting, printmaking and installations
Y I S A .