feature: nigerian painter oresegun olumide amazes with spectacular hyper-realistic oil paintings

March 14, 2016

Sometimes the internet does great things. Introducing us to painter Oresegun Olumide is one of the. The Lagos-born artist has been painting since childhood and studied fine art at the Yaba College of Technology, where he graduated with distinctions. His show-stopping hyper-realistic paintings draw inspiration from his community and reflect the lives of the people around him in his native Nigeria—water playing a prominent role in many of his renderings. The use of an element like water creates a hard-to-achieve translucent effect, making the paintings appear that much more realistic. Olumide told CNN that his thematic usage of liquid serves as homage to a popular adage in the Yoruba language, “water has no enemy.” That same unifying and kind message vibrates throughout his portraits. It can take Olumide anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete a painting, depending on the size and intricacy of the details. Check out a few of his pieces down below and follow Olumide on Instagram to see what else he’s been up to.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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