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ayo filade

Nigeria, Ibadan

Tell us about yourself
I am from a family of 7, same father and mother. I'm a graduate of Architecture (BArch, University of Nottingham). I love movies, and I love to meet people and hear opinions. I also used to be a dancer (B-Boy) known as B-Boy NrGee in my U.K. dance days.

What kind of art do you do?
I am a hyper-realist.

How did you get started & how long have you been doing it?
I have been an artist since I was a little boy. My dad was an artist, so I grew up knowing and loving the craft. I picked up hyper-realism in 2014.

How do you work?
I work in my studio with my music on shuffle. I love to listen to new music, so I'm not so particular about the genre. I'm a Nigerian and I listen to stuff from Drum and Bass to Rock! I love working in the privacy of my studio space.

How has your practice changed over time?
I have grown as an artist. There is still much to learn. I have learned to freely create and not create "careful" art.

What’s integral to your work as an artist?
Emotions. I am an emotional artist. I usually let mine and people's emotions stir what I create. Whatever I create, in turn, can stir up people's emotions making it easy for people to connect to my work.


What has been a seminal experience in your career?
One defining moment for me was meeting Chuck Close in person and shaking his hand. He was at my booth in an exhibition in Miami Beach, Art Basel and he was impressed. I must say, that really got me pumped.

What’s your favorite piece from your collection?
My favorite so far is Rebirth (2017). It speaks volumes about the violence taking things by force. I suggest a time where violence yielded results (the birth of the new Naira Note). More details about this can be found on my website.

How do you know when an artwork is finished?
An artwork is never finished, I just stop before I ruin it!

Where does your inspiration come from when you are working?
My inspiration comes from a place of passion. I'm a very passionate artist.

Is there an element of art you enjoy working with the most?
I love expression!

Do you pursue themes?
Yes, I do. I rarely get to finish them all as I think themes have endless representations.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Practice and grow while you practice.

Professionally, what’s your goal?
My goal is to ensure my art is seen by as many people as possible all over the world. Art speaks volumes.


What is your dream project?
I am not sure yet. I know I have many projects I've dreamt about in the past and I'm glad I was able to execute each one. Future projects I'm sure will be the same.

Name three artists you’d like to be compared to and why.
I really don't like to be compared to anyone. I'm quite unique.

What message would you like to convey through your art?
Every one of my pieces has a different message.

What artwork do you most identify with?
I have made several personal art pieces. One of them is the first series I made, Indecisions series: Ipinya 1 and 2. This is where I fully expressed my state of mind at a point in time where I was unsure of what I wanted.

What obstacles have you faced as an artist?
The only obstacle I've faced is my mind. Every time I begin a new piece, it tells me I can't create what I need to because I haven't created it before. I eventually get past it.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
The art world needs to keep an eye out for Nigerian artists. Something good is brewing.