Tosin Kalajaye

Abuja, Nigeria. 1992

Tosin Kalejaye is a self-taught contemporary visual artist from Abuja, Nigeria. From his early childhood, Tosin had a keen interest in drawing portraits. Needless to say, this is where his artistic profession stemmed from.

 

Tosin uses his art as an instrument to convey his ideas and impressions about modern society and the everyday Black experience. His art genre, widely ingrained in storytelling, representation, identity and historical documentation, is intended to incite emotion in his viewers as the required catalyst. It initiates mere social conversations, to ultra-practical actions and liberates one’s consciousness.

 

His works, which were displayed in a range of exhibitions globally, including a group exhibition titled ‘SELF ADDRESSED’, in Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, curated by Kehinde Wiley in Los Angeles, United States, are largely executed in mixed media – oil and charcoal on canvas.

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