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Adeola Balogun (Visual artist)

Adeola Balogun was born on November 17th, 1966 at Ota in Ogun State, Nigeria. He had his MFA degree in 2003/4 at the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, and HND in 1993/4 at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.

After his National Youth Service in his alma-matter (Yaba College of Tech), he was immediately reabsorbed as academic staff in 1995. He won the award for Best Student in life-drawing and sculpture in 1993/94 set. In 2011, faculty award of Visual Experimentalist of The Decade was conferred on him.

Adeola Balogun has staged eight (8) solo exhibitions which include: Connections & II (2015), at Ashley Gallery, Uttesberg, and Pumphauset, Trolhattan respectively in Sweden, Mirage (2014), Quintessence Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria, Up-Cycled (2014), Art Hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE Matter Redirected (2013), Ashley Gallery, Uttesberg, Sweden, Soundspiration (2013), Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria, Ants and Giants (2011), Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, Infinite Patterns (2009)), Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos, and Seed Phenomenon (2006), Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, amongst others. He has also participated in several group shows and a number of commissioned projects within Nigeria and beyond are to his credit. He was artist-in residency in 2013 and 2015 in Ashley Gallery, Uttesberg, Sweden amongst other residencies.

Some of his selected public commissioned works include the Obafemi Awolowo (19ft) statue, at Allen round-about, Ikeja, Funso Williams bronze statue (18ft), at Western Avenue round-about, now named after Funso Williams, and Sir John Glover and Madam Tinubu’s bronze busts, at the foyer of Union Bank building in Marina, Lagos, Nigeria. (welded metal sculpture, 25ft) and Symbol of Justice and Culture statue (bronze sculpture 26ft), commissioned by Prince (Egnr.) Yemisi Shyllon were installed in the University of Ibadan campus in Oyo State (2009) and University of Lagos (2015), Nigeria respectively. Horse-power II, a welded horse shoes (2015), History (2015), a welded steel sculpture (11ft) and Outflow, an installation, are both in Galleri Ashley collection, Uteshberg, Sweden.

He has participated in several seminars and conferences both within and outside the shores of Nigeria. Some of the workshops he has participated/facilitated include: Harmattan Workshop being organized by Bruce Onobrakpeya Foundation, Nigeria, Quintessence Nigeria Limited in conjunction with Gallery Ashley’s Workshop, Sweden and Art Hub workshop, Abu Dahbi, UAE.

A large body of Balogun’s life-size bronze sculpture and tyre works can be found in OYASAF collection, a private art foundation, established by Prince Yemisi Shyllon. Other notable art collectors and institutions in possession of his works in Nigeria and in the diaspora are: Galleri Asley, Galleri Trollhattan, and Kulturhuset Koren in Sweden, Prof. Yussuff Grillo, Ford Foundation, Pan African University, Nigerian Breweries, American International School amongst others.

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