WAYFINDERS

Ade Adekola

Ade Adekola is a Nigerian conceptual artist and one of Africa’s digital arts pioneers; he has been working at the intersection of art and technology for over 30 years.  
His journey fusing art and technology started from explorations of cognitive science and cybernetics while studying Architecture. He later specialized in the design of responsive building systems and received international acclaim for his innovations which led to exhibitions and artistic productions.  
Ade went on to study  management leading to a career as a management consultant with a specialization in transformation and innovation. In the early 2000’s while in Silicon Valley he witnessed the digital transformation of photography. Many of his works of this period were prescient of post internet photography and glitch art movements.  
In 2005, he started making images that reframe and redefine the African Cultural narrative. Ade is best described as an experimental photographer. He produces works in series,  working with digital processes and tools within a post-production environment. Allowing him to explore increasingly new ways of image making.  
His  works include photographs, prints, interactive installations, and interactive sculpture. He has been exhibiting as a conceptual artist since 1992.

Dreaming New Worlds ©Ade Adekola

Timilehin Oludare

Timilehin Oludare (b. 2002) is an experimental surrealist artist born in Ibadan, Nigeria. Art has always been a form of expressing feelings, reflections, observations, and curiosity. He has been experimenting with different media which we see in some of his mixed media pieces. Oludare tends to experiment with materials, sound, shapes, colors, and scent. He uses these mediums to create patterns and shapes with intention to portray the emotion and tension he is trying to visualize. 
Osanyintolu Oludare Timilehin has exhibited some of his work at Boomer Art Gallery (London, 2020), Nomascape project (Chicago, 2020) amongst others. He launched “WETIN DEY COOK”, a curatorial project by Lynhan Balatbat- Helbock at GAS Foundation (Lagos, 2022) as the first artist to cook for and share his works with the intimate gathering. 
His second show in Lagos was a celebration of one of his series of charcoal portraits at 16by16, curated by Tushar Hathiramani. He also showed work in Engage Space, (Lagos, 2022), AWCA (Lagos, 2022) and Tribe X (Lagos, 2022). 

How ot change the future ©Timilehin Oludare

Chuma Anagbado

B. 1982, Nigeria. 
Chuma Anagbado is a Nigerian-born multidisciplinary Artist & Designer. He studied Fine & Applied Arts (Sculpture Majors) at the University of Benin, graduating in 2005. In 2013, he completed a masters degree in Design from the University of Creative Arts, Rochester, UK with distinction honors. He spent 16 years in professional design practice, co-founding  Aziza Design in 2014 and Mbari Uno in 2018.  
In 2021, Chuma began full-time studio practice, creating 'phygital' art using technology. Fostering an identity, his themes are derived from the material & non-material aspects of Igbo culture - past & present.  Ranging from wall mount to monumental dimensions, his works  reimagines the age-long Igbo carved doors & ‘Uli' line aesthetic in patterns, fused with the body, in a spiritual performance between the abstract & figurative. Visually striking, his works are results of artistic experiments, creating at the intersection of physical and digital existence. 
He emerged as a winner of 'Africa Here', an accelerator program for African-born digital artists by Makersplace in 2022, leading to a showcase at the Scope Art Show, Miami. In 2023, was the lead artist for 'Tracing the Wild', a dynamic data-driven art project, illustrating lions' patterns of territorial movement and conflict with humans, to represent & conserve the predator ecosystem in Kenya's Maasai Mara region.  
He continually participates in boundary pushing residencies and engages in collaborative projects. He has exhibited in Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, Botswana,  India, Canada, UK and USA. His body of work on Igbo Masquerading is in permanent showcase and collection of the Centre for Memories (CFM), Enugu, Nigeria.  

Design thinking ©Chuma Anagbado

Philip Fagbeyiro

Philip Fagbeyiro is a world builder and artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned a Bsc in Architecture from the University of Lagos and uses his skills to create illustrative works that depict representative scenes of people interfacing with hypothetical future and past technologies. His interests lie in thinking about the near and far future of humanity and what we become afterwards. He has exhibited his work in several group exhibitions locally and abroad, such as the LagosPhoto Festival, and Remote Gallery in Toronto. He has also applied his talent for worldbuilding and storytelling to several cultural and curatorial projects such as the Guests for The Future installation at the 2023 Venice Bienale and the Woven Threads IV fashion showcase in Lagos. 

dnw ©Philip Fagbeyiro

Baba Aminu Mustapha

Baba Aminu Mustapha is a self-taught artist with a background in electrical computer engineering. He is renowned for his ability to create visual stories that elicit behavioral change and provoke emotional responses. Born and raised in Kaduna, Nigeria, Baba Aminu Mustapha developed a profound passion for art, drawing inspiration from animated movies, manga, and comics. 
After completing his formal education in electrical computer engineering, Baba Aminu Mustapha delved into the fields of art and advertising, honing his skills in visually communicating narratives. He initially expressed himself through watercolor, later exploring other mediums such as oil paint and colored pencils. Eventually, he discovered his love for the digital medium and has since been creating artworks ranging from comics, storyboards, and children's books to portraits and concept art. His creations are characterized by emotional depth, vibrant colors, and shared cultural experiences. 
His dedication to his craft, curiosity, and his ability to create beautiful works of art have earned him recognition and made him a beloved figure in the world of illustration. 

Dreaming New Worlds ©Baba Aminu Mustapha

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