All Eyes On: Olayinka Salami


Olayinka Salami (b. 1998) is a self-taught contemporary artist who lives in Lagos Nigeria and hails from the South-west part of Nigeria Ogun State. While growing up, Olayinka has seen differences between humanity which has made him criticize human acts with one another and also with their environment at large. He explores his art with various mediums such as Charcoal, Oil and Acrylic paints, he then portrays his subjects to signify certain emotions in accordance with his narrative which is getting humanity to understand mind control and how it is being affected by our environment. Olayinka has participated in various exhibition around the world in the Uk and US. He is greatly influenced by the Art world in general and has gotten inspiration solely from great artists around him and he is looking more into being an icon who will represent unity among human race. As an artist he sees more in having great leads in the art world and hoping his narrative reach out to minds that need to feel it.


Over the years, I took up the assignment to understand humanity and its environment in its purest form, it occurs that our thoughts and mindset  are being controlled by our environment, whereby we segregate actions we choose to influence. This insights projects my narrative further into capturing the essence of the African beauty. I portray my works by showing the metaphorical expression of the human mind and capturing the essence of color in our environment. I am more passionate about my techniques, I deeper express my subjects to have a subtle denotation of the precise emotions that captures the moments in our thoughts.

The beauty of art in general has been a source of inspiration to me looking at angles from cultural perspective and the ecological niche intrigues my creative heart all together and I’ve been solely influenced by artists around me some of which are my colleagues and friends, most importantly the revolution of African art has made a great impact on me. Art still stands as a way of sharing thoughts and ideas, as it will continue to survive , communicates and dispense information to the world creating new thoughts for people to think about.

I am look forward to creating a niche of freedom of mind and expression,  breaking more boundaries for myself as I reach out for the unimaginable in my practice and setting you up for an ironic twist to things that would relate to you or what you might expect.

His Mind is of Gold, 2022
Mixed media collage, 35 x 30 inches
He is at gaze, 2022
Oil on canvas, 50 x 45 inches
Her Conceptions, 2022
Oil on canvas, 35 x 35 inches
The bright life, 2022
Oil on canvas, 40 x 35 inches
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Instagram: @olayink_art

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