Olusola Otoriis a multidisciplinaryartist exploring the beauty/challenges of cultural diversity in Africa and the issues of Religion/Spiritualism, Politics & Power as it affects marginalized rural communities. He works in Photography, painting and film. In his creative work process, he combines local African elements, texture & colors to create images that best express social/economic standards, physical or psychological status of a certain class of people or an entire community. His work shows both the beauty of his land and culture as well as the need for social positive change. Driven by a strong sense of the importance of equal opportunities for every child, He Initiated “the Silent Majority Project” a creative art/photography workshop for street orphans, the socially deprived/displaced & teenagers in juvenile detention /correctional facilities. The workshop project identifies their various challenges and help to harness their creative potentials by creating access to information, artistic skills & processes needed to generate solutions & regular financial income.
This workshop project has been significantly effective in rural communities both in Lagos, Nigeria and Kampala, Uganda.
Sola received his training first as an apprentice at the ‘Abayomi Barber School of Thought’, University of Lagos between 1992 & 1998 after which he studied Art & Design at Yaba College of technology in 2000. He established his multimedia studio constantly working on photography assignments and commissioned art projects, in 2014 He studied digital film making at the SAE Institute Cape Town South Africa.
“Inner Thoughts” Nimbus African Art Centre Lagos 2004.
Thinck Art Auction, National Museum Lagos 2005.
The 4thInternational Art Festival, Chania Crete, Greece 2005.
“Dance Of The Mind” Mydrim Gallery Lagos 2009.
Kampala Art Biennale 2014 Uganda.
Art/Photography workshops & Presentations
Fordsburg Artist Studios, ‘Bag Factory’ Johannesburg, 2004,
The Silent Majority photography Workshop Makoko Lagos, Oct 2009 - March 2010.
The Silent Majority Photography Exhibition (Goethe Institute.) Lagos. 2012
Kibuli Slum Art & Photography Workshop Kampala Uganda 2013,
Silent No More” Collaborative exhibition/Performance (Goethe Institute/Freedom Park) Lagos Oct. 2016.
A Celebration of Modern Nigerian Art 101 Nigerian Artists
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