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Omonu Salisu, b. 1991 (Nigeria)

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Salisu’s Biography

Omonu Salisu is a dynamic and creative artist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has typified abstract art with an artistic force that cuts across paintings that represent figures with different head shapes.

In 2017, he began to experiment with lines, shapes, figures and colours to form paintings that speak about socio-economic issues and politics in Africa. He also uses colours to symbolize cultural emblems.

His recent works are focused on recreating human heads and figures and are translated with symbols (Motifs) which represent popular proverbs and maxims, record historical events, express particular attitudes or behaviour related to depicted figures, or concepts uniquely related to abstract shapes.

He has participated in several exhibitions including; Seeing Beyond the Future, Affordable Art Exhibition, Abuja Art Week among others.

Personal Statement:
Lines, shapes, figures, forms and colours are the voice a painting speaks with and sends messages through to the world. My art gives me the chance to express my thoughts. I try to point out issues pertaining to identity, sexuality, education and my environment as a whole.

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