Laolu Senbanjo needs no introduction, by now, everyone should be familiar with his work. The Nigerian-born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist has been popping up on our timelines quite a lot in recent times, first with his collaboration with Nike, and then appearing in Beyonce’s Lemonade video. He has also worked with Equinox Fitness, Kenneth Cole, Angelique Kidjo, Black Coffee, Vice, Usher, Seun Kuti to name a few. Senbanjo is fast becoming a national treasure.
The self-taught visual artist and musician coined the term Afromysterics in 2007 to describe his art which he explains to mean the African thought pattern that transcends art mediums. “It is also the expression of these thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds. All my work is heavily influenced by my Yoruba heritage and often related to the environment I find myself in”, says Senbanjo. His motto is: “Everything is my Canvas”, so he puts his mark on everything from canvas to shoes, to walls and buildings, to clothing and even the human body with his Sacred Art of the Ori.
The annual literary festival held at Ake town in Abeokuta usually have as part of its line-up of activities, two art exhibitions and this year, Laolu Senbanjo will be bringing his art to Abeokuta as one of the artists whose work will be exhibited during Ake Festival 2016. Some of his recent artworks will be on display as well as face-art for interested guests during the Festival.
Date: November 15th – 19th, 2016
Venue: Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Find more information about the festival visit http://www.akefestival.org/