Ade Odunfa

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Adekusibe Odunfa was born in Lagos on May 19th, 1973.  Adekusibe is an indigene of Imala in Ogun State. He attended the Abina Primary School, Abina, Surulere, Lagos (First School Leaving Certificate) 1980-1985 and the Ansar Ud – Deen Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos (WAEC/GCE “O Level”) 1985 – 1991.  He subsequently graduated with a degree in Fine Art with a specialisation in painting from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1998.

He has had brief stints working at Carat Communications Limited, Lagos (2003), Hunters Publicity, Lagos (Creative Department) 1992 -1993.  Adekusibe worked as an intern at M2DC in Ikeja, coordinator at Colours of Hope, curator Tents gallery, creative director OneTouch Concepts (2001 -2006).

Adekusibe is an accomplished painter known for his durbars, female figures and body forms, faces and his unconventional use of materials. He is proficient in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, photography, graphic design and carnival art (new media). He loves experimenting with pigments on distinct surfaces, plays with charcoal on canvas, oil on lace and oil on wood and other printable materials.

He has participated in several exhibitions from 1998 till date. Adekusibe has held three solos exhibitions and has participated in over twenty-two group exhibitions in Nigeria and Abroad. He has featured in several public art installations, including; The Lagos State Carnival (Floats and Effigies) 2010 – till date, The Calabar Carnival (Floats) 2013, The Eyo Festival (Effigies) 2010 – 2011 and The National Sports Festival Opening Ceremony held in Lagos State (Floats) 2012.

Adekusibe loves art and art development. He is not just a creator of artworks but also an ardent collector of over 400 unique artworks ranging from paintings, sculptures, metal works, prints, etc. in his collection.

He has won numerous awards including; Mydrim Pastel Exhibition (2007), Guinness Art Award (2004), Xerox National Art Competition (2000) and Best Final Year Painting Student (1998). He is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.