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Tayo Adenaike

Date: born 1954, Nigeria
Tayo Adenaike, who is of Yoruba parentage, was born in 1954 in Idanre, Ijebu-Imushin, Ogun State, western Nigeria. He had his first formal art lesson in 1967, while in high school at Federal Government College, Warri, in the Delta region. He studied art at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he received a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts in 1979 and a M.F.A. in Painting in 1982. In 1986 he was awarded the Goethe Institute scholarship to study the German language and had a traveling exhibition which was shown in nine German cities over eighteen months. Since graduating, he has primarily worked in advertising. Previously, he was artistic director of Dawn Functions, Ltd., a major Nigerian firm in Enugu. He is now the Chairman and Creative Director of Artsaels Ltd., an Enugu-based creative graphic design and print management solution provider.

Adenaike is considered by art historians and critics as a third generation artist of the Nsukka School, pioneered by Uche Okeke, Chike Aniakor and Obiora Udechukwu. The School is closely associated with Igbo traditional art and wall paintings known as uli, which formed the foundation of the School’s creative experimentation. He has developed his own style and has mastered the watercolor technique.

Adenaike has held eighteen solo exhibitions and has participated in more than forty-two joint and group exhibitions in Nigeria, the United States and Germany. The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. and the Museum der Welkulturen, Frankfurt am Main, Germany have Adenaike’s paintings in their collections. Since 1990, Adenaike has visited the United States yearly for regular exhibitions, as a lecturer and to give studio talks and presentations to universities.

Adenaike lives and works in Enugu, Nigeria.
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