Rising Stars: Fredrick Idele Osarodion


Fredrick Idele Osarodion is a mixed media artist and art instructor based in Benin, Nigeria, who sees the world around him as a boundless canvas for artistic exploration. With a degree in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Benin, he creates distorted figurative expressions that explore the beauty and complexities of the human experience, reflecting hope, courage, and confidence through different situations. Fredrick’s work is marked by a unique conceptual approach to figurative renditions that incorporates critical elements such as lines, symbols, and shapes to give him the freedom to express himself with minimal restriction. Growing up in Edo State, Nigeria, Fredrick’s family supported his passion for art and encouraged his formal studies from the age of nine. The death of his father during a terrorist attack was a pivotal moment in his life and art, as it left him vulnerable and determined to succeed. He lost control of his youth, taking up the responsibility of caring for his mother and siblings, and his grief and new responsibilities influenced and transformed his art. Fredrick has participated in several group exhibitions, including the Non-Fungible Token collection, Distinct Vernaculars at ArtPedia Gallery in Lagos, and Paradigms of Perceptions at Mitochondria Gallery.


I am usually challenged by empty canvases. And, I respond to this challenge by spontaneously experimenting with diverse materials to produce distorted figurative expressions. Lines, symbols and shapes are critical elements in my style as they give me the liberty to express myself with less restriction, upon the body of my figurative expressions are symbolic characters that shares the narratives of each work. My art speaks of hope, confidence, and courage through diverse situations. I am inspired by the perception of myself as well as the day-to-day happenings around me. As the subject of my artistry, I relate my personal experiences with that of others and use my art as a voice to communicate these stories and experiences that cannot be spoken of verbal.

Valley of no Shadows, 2022
Painting, 24 by 24 inches

Love Unrequited, 2023
Painting, 18 by 24 inches

Reality show, 2023
Painting, 18 by 24 inches

Solitude, 2023
Painting, 36 by 48 inches

Voiceless voice, 2022
Painting, 48 by 60 inches

For more information about the artist, please visit:

Instagram: @fredart_contemporary

All photographs courtesy of Fredrick Idele Osarodion
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