Wole Lagunju

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Wole Lagunju
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About the Artist

Wole Lagunju, born in 1966 in Oshogbo, Nigeria, is an artist who has made a significant impact in the United States and beyond with his unique blend of traditional Yoruba art and contemporary design. Educated in graphic design at Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Lagunju has become a key figure in Onaism, a movement dedicated to reinterpreting Yoruba artistic traditions and philosophies. His work masterfully navigates the complex terrain of post-colonial identities, cultural hybridization, and the intersection of diverse cultural paradigms.

Lagunju's artistic prowess has been recognized with prestigious awards such as the Phillip Ravenhill Fellowship by UCLA in 2006 and the Pollock Krasner award in 2009. His creations are part of esteemed collections, including the Leridon and the Fondation d'entreprise Francès in France, showcasing his global appeal and relevance.

His exhibitions span continents and contexts, from "Yoruba Remixed" at Ebony Curated in Cape Town to his participation in the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. Whether exploring the dimensions of race, gender, and sexuality in African art at the University of Texas or presenting a transnational vision at James Madison University, Lagunju consistently challenges and expands the boundaries of African diasporic art. His work not only pays homage to his Yoruba heritage but also dialogues with contemporary global issues, making him a vital voice in both African and diasporic art narratives.