Gbolahan Ayoola is a prolific visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Born in 1977, he holds a BA (Education) in Fine and Applied Art from Obafemi Awolowo University. Following his education, he completed a residency with renowned Nigerian painter, Tola Wewe in Akure, Ondo State before moving to Lagos to start his professional practice.
Ayoola’s work is personal, deeply layered and employs countless symbols and signs inspired by his African heritage that tap into a greater collective consciousness which depicts the archetypal realm lying just below the skin of everyday ordinary awareness.
His works have been included in solo and group shows locally in Nigeria, West Africa and internationally. He has received numerous awards including the “54 Nigerian Art Masters” from the Greek Embassy. In 2010, he emerged as winner of The National Art Competition, a competition organised by the African Artists’ Foundation in Lagos. His works can be found in major corporate and private collections across the globe. His works are also included in reputable institutions such as the World Bank in Washington USA, African Finance Corp, Nigeria and The Nigerian National Gallery of Arts.