Ibiyinka Alao

Ibiyinka Alao

Ibiyinka serves as Nigeria's Ambassador of Art around the world. Trained as an architect at the University of Ile-Ife Nigeria, he saw what many other didn't, even at an early age. He saw life in "color" and "color" as a language. He imbues this life and language into his paintings that express his traditional African viewpoint. His art speaks to hope, joy, peace and love - a reflection of his West African roots and deep faith in Jesus Christ. In his words: "I draw, paint and write about whatever I'm able to find, feel, and sometimes understand. I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror. Otherwise, all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you."

Born in Kogi State, Nigeria, he won first place in the prestigious United Nations International Art Competition among 61 countries. His works have received worldwide recognition and have been featured by the National Museum of Nigeria, the British Council, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The United Nations and numerous other high profile galleries. He lectures at universities and presents workshops in community centers across the country.

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