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My name is Olawunmi Banjo and I am a Visual Artist. Through constant practice and inspiration from works of other Artists, I have been able to develop my creative abilities. I create very detailed realistic and surrealistic Paintings that capture’s the ideology that portrays deep, everyday social and individual realities that confronts most societies. Observing Nature, works of Arts, Life situations and personal experiences has inspired me to mostly create through Art, my response to hidden realities that confronts us individually and globally. My visually expressive works, engages the viewers to reflect inward and have visual conversation with their minds.


Olawunmi has had Solo exhibitions and has also taken part in several collaborative exhibitions and Art fairs both locally and internationally. Her works has been exhibited in Africa, Middles East, Europe and North America. She was nominated for the 2017 Global Art Awards for Painting in Dubai. Her works has been published in Art Magazines and Art Book; her paintings are in Museum and Private Collections.

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In our new age of digital world, it is easy to lose identity of who we truly are by distractions, some of the things we feed our minds with and looking out for validation from popular opinions about ourselves and how to live our lives. To a large extent, most of that makes us feel pressured and this has led to high rate of depression, low self-esteem and even suicide in various societies across the world.

Often times we go in search of what will fill our emptiness; some of us find security in different ideologies (Ancient teachings, traditions, cultures, religions, nature, sciences, cosmos and others). Most of what we look to, have the same hidden truth; “What you seek is within you". 

The moment of realization reveals the energy we hold within us and knowing that your higher self is within you. Not knowing our potential only makes us wander;

We embrace who we are when we have a balanced sense of self and experience the world without losing touch with who we truly are. We can only help others if we first learn to help ourselves and knowing the countless energy we hold within helps us to experience true nature of existence, happiness, peace, love, equality, freedom and more.


Title: Sense of Self I, II & III

Medium: Oil on Canvas

Size: 122cm X 102cm (48inches X 40inches)

Year: 2018

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2017 - Nominee & Finalist - Global Art Awards (Painting category), Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

2008 - Runner Up - 17th Experience Nigeria Art competition “Nigerian(s) at Work” by African Art Resource Center. National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

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2018 - Same Experience, Different Local, The Koppel Project Hive, London, UK

2018 - Re-Art Meets Africa (Art Biennale), RE-ART Halle, Ihlienworth, Germany

2018 - International Women Arts Exhibition “Press For Progress” by Zee Art, Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Butti Suhail Al Maktoum. Grand Gallery, Arabian Court, One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, UAE

2017 - Global Arts Award, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

2017 - Standing Out II / The Art of Nigerian Women, Collectors Book Preview. Wheatbaker Boutique Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

2017 - Eko Art Expo with Terra Kulture Art Gallery, Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

2016 - 24th Pan African Film & Art Festival (PAFF). Los Angeles, California, USA

2015 - 2016 - Solo Exhibition “Mind Revolution II”, Praxis am Traveplat, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

2015 - 10th Afrika-Tage Dusseldorf. Heinrich-Heine Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015 - Terra Kulture & MyDrim Gallery (TKMG) Lagos Art Auction, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

2015 - 23rd Pan African Film & Art Festival (PAFF) Los Angeles, California, USA

2014 - Solo Exhibition "Mind Revolution", Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

2012 - Canopy by Conoco Philips, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

2012 - Canopy by Conoco Philips, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Nigeria

2012 - Colours & Creativity, WIVA, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria

2010 - Send forth Exhibition for the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Dr. Robin Renee Sanders, Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria

2009 - Art of Golf by A.A.R.C. Ikoyi Club 1938, Golf Section, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

2009 - Fyne ArtDiction by ITA, Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

2009 - Championship Cup, Ikoyi Club 1938, Golf Section, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

2009 - Fadan Fashion show and Art Exhibition, Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - 17th Experience Nigeria by African Art Resource Center. National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - The Nigerian Cup” Golf Tournament, Ikoyi Club 1938, Golf Section, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - Serendipity by ITA Foundation, Didi Museum, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - Beyond Imagination, National Gallery of Art. Aina Onabolu Modern Art, Igamu, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - The NAIJAZZ / NAIJART Studio 868, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - Art Expo Nigeria, National Museum, Onikan Lagos, Nigeria

2008 - Wiva Perspective, National Museum,Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria


The Art of Nigerian Women, Book by Chukwuemeka Bosah - 2017

ARTFLOW Magazine, UK.  Featured in the Issue 6, June - 2011

Position International Arts Review - 2012

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