Bukola Orioye

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Orioye Bukola is a talented self-taught artist of African descent who has improved his style by using dark backgrounds in his art. Born in 1993 in Osogbo, Nigeria, and originally from Ekiti State, Orioye studied Chemistry at the University of Ilorin and honed his skills at Topfat Art Gallery in Ibadan. His artwork combines symbols to connect past, present, and future, exploring deep meanings and contemporary issues. Orioye, currently based in Ibadan, blends punk-inspired hairstyles with Yoruba art influences, infusing his pieces with African spirituality, identity, memories, and community themes. His art weaves history into modernity and looks toward the future, reflecting a clear purpose. Orioye’s work tells complex stories and explores cultural memories and spirituality. He draws inspiration from societal issues, history, life’s beauty, and African spirituality, with a focus on the female perspective. Orioye aims to convey simplicity, determination, and positivity through his art, rooted in a belief in simplicity and determination while avoiding harm to others.

About "Echoes of Colonization"

In my art series, “Echoes of Colonization,” I explore how historical colonization still affects African societies today. I use bright colors, expressive brushstrokes, and symbols to show the long-lasting impact of this major historical event.

Colonization has influenced cultures, identities, and environments over time. My art connects the past to the present, making viewers think about how colonial history still shapes our world.

Each artwork tells a story using visuals and emotions, showing modern scenes mixed with the effects of colonization—scenes of blending cultures, challenges, adaptation, and strength. These pieces reflect history and show how people and communities deal with the aftermath of colonization.

Symbols are important in my art, as each brushstroke and color choice is meant to convey deeper messages. Symbols are used to show the complex effects of colonization, inviting viewers to interpret and think about the stories depicted. By sharing personal stories and intimate portraits, I aim to humanize the broader tale of colonial history and highlight the people affected by it.

“Echoes of Colonization” reminds us to acknowledge, understand, and empathize with the lasting effects of colonization. It guides us through landscapes of strength where cultures continue to thrive despite past wounds. Through this series, I hope to encourage thought, conversation, and a better understanding of how colonization still affects our world today.

As an artist, I believe art can evoke feelings, challenge viewpoints, and spark change. With “Echoes of Colonization,” my aim is to raise awareness and empathy for the diverse stories and experiences that shape our global society.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery and reflection.

Orioye Bukola