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  2/5/2009 11:51:46 PM
"Initiation of a Priest" by Yinka Adeyemi

Yinka Adeyemi

Yinka Adeyemi has been one of Nigeria’s leading contemporary artists for the past four decades. He is among the original artists of the distinguished Oshogbo art movement of the Yoruba of western Nigeria. Oshogbo is known for its rich cultural heritage, which has been celebrated annually with the Osun Festival. Many prominent Nigerian artists, musicians, playwrights and actors have a connection with Oshogbo through training, employment, residence, etc. Yinka’s contemporaries include Twin Seven Seven, Jimoh Buraimoh, Adebis Fabunmi, Jinadu Oladepo, and the late Asiru Olatunde, Rufus Ogundele, Jacob Afolabi and Tijani Mayakari.

Yinka was a student of Susanne Wenger and S. I. Wangboje. He served as cultural assistant at the University of Ife and the Institute of African Studies. He was an artist in residence in the Fine Arts Department at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. Additionally, he has conducted batik and print making workshops. He is a cultural ambassador, and his art depicts Yoruba customs and tradition. Yinka uses his instinctive wisdom, life experience and genius to create stories that record past and present folklore, customs and beliefs of his homeland. A resident of Oakland, he has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Africa, Europe and America. Yinka’s expertise includes batik paintings on cloth and rice paper, bead mosaic art paintings, tapestry, mono and lino prints, etc.

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