Adeyinka Akingbade is an artist skilled in the enthralling use of paper, glue, acrylic, and other objects such as the colourful straps of cheap roadside rubber slippers to create his portraits.
An alumni of Yaba Institute of Technology, Lagos, Adeyinka uses paper waste to create multi-textured works which focus predominantly on portraiture and abstract landscapes and which lend a playful attitude, emotion, and personality to his works.
After graduating with a Higher National Diploma in painting from the Yaba Institute of Technology in 2008, he learned how to do silk and screen printing from well known Nigerian artist, Kunle Adeyemi.
In 2010 he was selected to take part in the month long CCA Lagos artist residency program, Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise, and the following year he won first prize at the Lagos Black Heritage Festival’s Walls of Prison into Fields of Freedom art competition. His first presentation abroad was in 2014 when he exhibited at the 25th Annual Festival of the Arts in Chicago, USA.
These are some images from his exhibition holding at Temple Muse, in Lagos from 20th July to 4th September. “We are delighted to present emerging artists like Akingbade during our summer art salon,” said exhibition curator Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, who has ensured that many young artists showcase their work alongside industry veterans in Temple Muse’s quarterly exhibitions.