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Immortalizing culture with Art- Olamide

One of the ways to make Nigerian culture come alive is through a piece of art.

In this interview, Olamide Agunbiade a Nigerian graphic designer, illustrator and charcoal hyperrealist,
whose work was featured in an art exhibition themed “Marked” with Nadine Ibrahim, speaks about the Nigerian creative industry, his art, and projects.

What inspires your art?

People around me, I draw inspiration from faces.

Briefly shed some light on your journey towards becoming an artist?

I started art since I was a kid, but I started working professionally in 2015. I didn’t attend any formal training, just getting tips here and there from people better than me.

How best can you describe your art and audience?

Well, I try to immortalize our fading culture with my art, and everyone who loves my arts can relate well with them because its something they see daily.

Any experience working with other Nigerian creatives?

I have worked with Jeffery Oyem on few projects, learned a lot from him, I have also worked with Abayomi Idowu. I have also worked with Kanso Ogbolu, a twin to the popular Elozonam. I have worked with Daniel Emeka on several UBA projects and I have also worked with him on some illustrations for Chivita 100%. I can keep listing ….

How would you describe the Nigerian creative industry?

Nigeria is blessed with several creative people.

Are you working on any projects you want your audience to know about?

Sure I am working on some projects, and they’ll be out as soon as I’m done with them.

If there are any challenges, a typical Nigerian graphic artist/ illustrator/ hyperrealist is faced with, and how best can they beat this?

Being broke! Most people get frustrated and give up on art easily because of this. I’ll advise every creative person not to depend on art as their only source of income.

From your experience, are there many Nigerian artists exploring this niche?

Yes, but very few of them does it well
Well, we have very few guys putting out deep content because everyone is trying to make money from the little they’ve done. Sad.

Anyone you look forward to working with?

People better than me, but then, I get scared cos I feel I won’t deliver up to standard.

How have you been able to get monetary returns on your artworks?

People buy my works, I’m grateful to God for that.

You can contact Olamide or follow him on Twitter @olaAgunbiade

Seye Fakinlede

Seye is a writer and a journalist, who is intrigued about documenting Africa's arts, destinations and culture.

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