Art Culture Afrik Pty
May 1990 – Present
Adebayo Idris Visual was born in a small province in Lagos State, Nigeria, 3,000m above the sea-level, in the southern area of the Fortier Lagos.
He started drawing and painting at the age of seven: animals and human figures mostly and says his techniques and styles evolved as he grew older and matured in the time he spent in different Africa country. His inspiration for the human figure and study of anatomy really make an huge impact in his work today showing the African aesthetic feel and originality in his work. He has been painting professionally his entire life adult life and has the ability to skilfully capture the eye and imagination of his audience. He says he had never had any former training in art. In any aspect, he opposes the concept. “Going to an art school can only teach you the history of art. It can tech you different art times, the styles and the great masters, but it cannot teach you to paint from the soul. This must be born in you. For me great art is an expression of an impression, communications of ideas with the mediums you are familiar with and that is freedom.I am inspired by all the great expressionists who have gone before.”
Adebayo's unique style of brush strokes and the evocative colours composition has made him different in his African style and approach. His art is rarely concordant blend of colours and strokes which set for an eye-catching vibrancy. Although his colours are bold and imaginative, also compelling to his work. “When I see an image that strikes me, I try to flash it on a canvas before it flip away from my memory.” For Adebayo, it is all about passion: passion for his family, his art, his music and friends.Currently a curator in the Museum Division of Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC). Adebayo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Currently a student of Art History at same university. Adebayo teaches arts on a part-time basis and also takes students on educational tour around CBAAC museum.