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Said Oladejo-Lawal

Artist Bio

I am Said Oladejo-Lawal, born in Lagos Nigeria and currently living in Columbus Ohio.

My father was a contractor who specialized in painting/decorating houses and exposed me to the intricacies of design and decoration. My dad would often regale the rest of the family with stories of how I rolled in paint whenever he took me to work as a toddler. He was a great inspiration.

I started drawing from an early age making efforts to project senses out of stick figures, expressing a distinct sense of emotions where necessary.

I studied painting in Nigeria at the prestigious Yaba College of Technology. I also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, United States of America in 2012.

My journey through art has taken me through many available media. Istarted with pencils, crayons, oil and moved on to photography, watercolor, pastel, acrylic and mixed media. My themes explore the hidden part of our daily lives. I enjoy expressing emotions and feelings because they are the essence of who are even though we mostly think they are mundane. I like music, dance and the feelings associated with them.

My colors are fauvist in outlook and my presentation often classified as that of an impressionist artist. I like to use bright colors, to bring nostalgia and deep emotions out of anyone who encounters my paintings. I want people to walk away feeling deeply connected with each of my art pieces. I want every experience with my artworks to be worthwhile.

I work from home, a member of the Worthington Area Art League with whom I have exhibited several times. I am also a member of the Guild of Artists & Artisans and the Ohio Art League.

I do have solo and group exhibitions throughout the year an participate in various art festivals within and outside Columbus, Ohio.

Have an enjoyable time conversing with the Art pieces as you learn my story.


Image of Hear my Satisfaction - a painting by Said Oladejo-Lawal





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