Eniwaye Oluwaseyi is a Nigerian born artist from Kogi state. He holds a B. Eng in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering from the University of Ilorin. His practice is primarily centered around portraiture and impressionistic realism, working with various media to portray individual narratives, as he believes everyone has a story to tell as a unique individual in a society and the world at large.
The artist sees himself as a critic and an observer. His paintings are influenced by societal and political injustice, racial conflict and pressure of living a modern life. Working in oil, charcoal and acrylic on canvas, he uses bold and vivid colours representing human figures with visible and striking brush strokes to give his paintings a strong physical presence. “I try to combine unusual mediums to show I go beyond the borders of religion, race and tradition”, he says.
Eniwaye Oluwaseyi navigates through the intricate struggles that form the backbone of individual tales of existence, working with various media to tell the stories of individuals in society. His art works are impregnated with the struggles and experiences of individuals, evoking strong feelings of hope and redemption in the minds of viewers who connect with his pieces.
2020: “The Politics of Shared Spaces” ADA\ contemporary art gallery, Accra, Ghana
2020: “The Medium is the Message” UNIT London, London, UK
2020: “SAY IT LOUD (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” Christie’s, New York, USA
2020: “Drawn Together” UNIT London, London, UK
Portrait of the artist. Courtesy of the artist.