(1981 – )

Popoola Nurudeen
Contemporary
Overview

” My practice is centred around creating artworks that communicate the modernity of Africanism, I intend to stimulate the beholder’s reasoning of the possible reality of combining African culture with assimilated foreign traditions without losing touch of who we are. I create a visualization of African youth, male and female, who while lusting after western characteristics still maintains the identity of their heritage. An attitude I hope new generation Africans can imbibe in their desire to live up to the fashion and expectations of today’s fanciful society.” – Popoola Nurudeen

Popoola Nurudeen (b.1989) is a Nigerian artist. Nurudeen graduated from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology Lagos where he studied Fine art and majored in painting.

Popoola Nurudeen was awarded ‘Best Student in (painting section)’ in 2014 and 2015, as well as the overall best graduating student in the school of art, design and printing, Yaba College of Technology Lagos, 2016. He also received an award for the best painting/mixed media in 2018 the ‘Life in my city arts festival’ (LIMCAF).

His works have been collected both locally and internationally. after his NYSC, he worked briefly as a lecturer at The Ultimate University Portnovo, Beninrepublic. Popoola’s works are inspired by Africa and its people.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Evolve, solo exhibition, Jelosimi Art Center, Lagos

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023
‘Green Fuse’ Group Exhibition at Graham Contemporary, South Africa

2022
Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal

2021
DIVERSIFORM 3 exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria
DIVERSIFORM 4 exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria

2019
DIVERSIFORM 2 art exhibition, Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos Contemporary art exhibition, The Lekki Coliseum

2018
Ikoyi Lagos,Lasgidi Art and cultural exhibition, Freedom park Lagos
DIVERSIFORM 1 group exhibition at Moorhouse

2017
United Nations Information Centre art exhibition

2015
5th Lasgidi Cultural Art exhibition
Lagos Art and Fashion exhibition

2014
Passing on the Torch, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

Awards

2018
Received an award for the “best painting/mixed media” in 2018 the ‘Life in my city arts festival’ (LIMCAF), Nigeria
Winner of the World Bipolar Day art competition, Lagos, Nigeria

2016
Awarded overall best graduating student in the school of art, design and printing, Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria
Awarded 10th place in ‘Life in my city arts festival’ (LIMCAF), Nigeria

2015
Awarded ‘Best Student in (painting section)’, Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria

2014
Awarded ‘Best Student in (painting section)’, Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria

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