Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao (born 17 October 1975) is a Nigerian artist. Alao attended Nigeria Navy Secondary School Navy Town Lagos from 1988 to 1993. He also received education as an architect at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife. from 1994 to 2000. In 2001, Ibiyinka was invited by the Director General to attend and give a lecture at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies,(NIPSS)http://nipsskuru.gov.ng/ where for the first time, he demonstrated to the participants how art can be used to make policies towards peace. He is an honorary member of the National Institute.
Ibiyinka Alao at an exhibit of his artworks in 2013
Recent quote by Ibiyinka about his Painting: "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" He's from Ponyan in Iyagba East Local Government area of Kogi State. Father is Ezekiel Bamisaiye Alao and mother is Grace Bosede Alao. Two brothers and two sisters.
Detail of "Mortal Feelings" Ca. 2000 painting by Ibiyinka Alao
Ibiyinka's artworks are characterized by bright colors and they express many themes including hope, joy, peace and love - a reflection of his West African roots and his deep faith in a Redeemer of Souls.
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- Carillo, Karen Juanita. "Nigeria's young Art Ambassador gives new meaning to African Art." New York Amsterdam News. 27 May 2004. Volume 95, Issue 22. 24-45. Retrieved on 3 January 2009.
- Arcayna, Nancy. "Colors of life." Honolulu Star-Bulletin. 7 January 2007. Retrieved on 3 January 2009.
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