About Ogunlesi Paul

Ogunlesi Paul was born on the 14th day of November 1994. He is a graduate of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Nigeria, where he obtained a National Diploma in General Art (majoring in Painting).

He worked as an IT student at Defactori Art Studio under Akintunde O. John. He has participated in numerous art workshops, symposiums, and exhibitions–such as the OYASAF marble print workshop, The Artmiabo Art workshop, The Medallion Art workshop in honour of Kolade Oshinowo’s birthday, Art in Medicine Fellowship and Workshop 2018, and Artbridge Project Symposium–both within the country and internationally. Paul has been a member of The Beyond Borders Artists Association of Nigeria since 2017 and began working as an art instructor at THE METAPHOR in Lagos, Nigeria in 2020. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


New Brunswick Art Salon 2020 – All Media: “Configured Personas”

 


Artist Statement

Art to me is a reflection of who I am, my experiences, my environment, and all that hovers around here in my own part of the world. I don’t force myself to describe me, and in my work, I am always the focal point irrespective of the subject I am treating or the situation I am trying to address. And all of these are what I always portray in a way that everyone in contact with my pieces can understand, because art is “A Universal Language.”


Exhibitions 

  • The Culture and Peace Festival (promoting Unity in Diversity)
  • OYASAF Art for Peace Exhibition
  • Spirit Art Festival organised by the House of Bezalel
  • Customer Segmentation Framework Art Exhibition curated by Oyinda Fakeye
  • The Otta Art Fair and Exhibition curated Adeola Balogun and Benjamin Onuorah
  • The ICAF Lagos Art Show
  • Open House Exhibition organised by the Department of Fine Art, Yaba College of Technology
  • Femme n Femme Curatorial Art Exhibition, University of Lagos
  • Life in My City Zonal Exhibition, Thought Pyramid Lagos
  • Design Kulture Exhibition organised under the umbrella of Design Week Lagos (DWL)
  • Arkane Afrika Exposition Internationale d’art Exhibition, Casablanca, Morocco, 2019
  • Diversiform 2 Exhibition organised by Arthub Gallery, 2019
  • Dreams Exhibition organised by Vivid Exclusive Art Gallery, 2019
  • The “Nigeria of Our Dreams” Exhibition organised by Sysverscreen Integrated, 2019
  • Artmiabo Pop Up Exhibition, Rivers State, Nigeria, 2019
  • Human Right Art Festival organised by I Can Draw Africa in conjunction with the Amnesty International Nigeria, Abuja, 2019
  • The December Art Market organised by Artmiabo, Angel and Muse Art Gallery, 2019
  • The Law Meets Art Exhibition organised by the Michael Orimobi Foundation, 2019
  • Lagos Zone Life in My City Competition, 2019
  • The Convergence Art Exhibition, Ibadan, Nigeria, 2019
  • The Dystopia Curatorial Art Exhibition, University of Lagos, 2018
  • Life in My City Top 50 Exhibition tagged “Twilight,” Enugu, 2018
  • Iganmode Art Festival, Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria, 2018
  • The TMP Library Art Exhibition, London, 2017

Achievements

  • Second Runner-Up at the Alibaba January 1st Concert Pencil Art Competition, sponsored by Zenith Bank PLC, 2020
  • Winner of the Live Drawing Demonstration at the ADSA in YCT, Lagos Nigeria, 2019
  • One of the Top 50 Artists in the Life in My City Art Competition, 2018
  • First Runner up in the Felabration Art Competition, 2018
  • Winner of the TMP Library Art Competition, 2017
  • One of the Top 100 Artists and consolation prize winner at the Union Bank Centenary Art Competition, 2017
  • Overall Winner of The Show Off Live Competition, 2016

Artist Interview