Muraina Oyelami’s (b. 1940) journey as a visual artist started with the Mbari-Mbayo art workshop by the famous Oshogbo Art School initiated by Professor Ulli Beier in Oshogbo in 1964.
The workshop encouraged creative young people who had no formal art education to explore the visual arts. The 24-year-old Oyelami, at this time an actor in The Duro Ladipo Theatre, embraced the ideas of the workshop enthusiastically.
He went on to study theatre at Obafemi Awolowo University. He also taught African music there from 1975 to 1987 and traveled the world, sharing the nuances of the Yoruba talking drum – all while exploring the rich history of his Yoruba tribe in his paintings.
His landscapes would express his ideas about people, urban growth, and inequalities. He evolved a nuanced, almost translucent approach that connected to his Oshogbo roots but was uniquely his.
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