His practice is centered around creating artworks that communicate the modernity of Africanism. Nurudeen intends to stimulate the beholder’s reasoning of the possible reality of combining African culture with assimilated foreign traditions without losing touch with who we are. Nurudeen creates a visualization of African youth, male and female. Who while lusting after Western characteristics still maintain the identity of their heritage. An attitude he hopes new generation Africans can imbibe in their desire to live up to the fashion and expectations of today’s fanciful society.
Popoola Nurudeen is a Nigerian artist and a graduate of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology Lagos. Where he studied Fine art and majored in painting. He has the award for the best student in (painting section) in 2014 and 2015 respectively, and also the overall best graduating student in the school of art, design, and printing, Yaba College of Technology Lagos, 2016. He also has the award for the best painting/mixed media at the 2018 Life in my city arts festival (LIMCAF). Popoola Nurudeen has been part of some exhibitions and competitions. Which includes: the Lasgidi Arts and Cultural Festival 2012, passing on the torch, (Didi Museum) 2014, and the Lagos art and fashion exhibition 2015. The 5th Lasgidi cultural art exhibition 2015, the United Nations information center art exhibition 2017.
The 9th life in my city art competition 2015 (Lagos finalist), 10th life in my city art competition 2016. World aids day art competition 2015, winner world bipolar day art competition 2018. DIVERSIFORM 1 group exhibition at Moorhouse 2018, Ikoyi Lagos, Lasgidi Art, and cultural exhibition. Freedom Park Lagos 2018, Lagos Contemporary art exhibition (Lekki Coliseum) 2019, DIVERSIFORM 2 art exhibition 2019, Diversiform 3 exhibition, Diversiform 4 exhibition, 2021. He had his first solo exhibition “EVOLVE” in February 2021. Popoola Nurudeen exhibited at an off-exhibition in the 2022 Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal. The collection of his works has been both locally and internationally. After his NYSC, he worked briefly as a lecturer at The Ultimate University Portnovo, Benin republic. Popoola’s works are inspired by Africa and its people.
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