Soji Adesina, born in Badagry, Lagos State in 1981, currently works and lives in Lagos, Nigeria. A multi-disciplinary and multi-media artist whose primary medium of expression includes Painting, Graphic design, Film, Photography, Sculpture and Installation but his preferred medium to work with is Acrylic. He is graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Painting from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria.
Soji has forged a distinctive impasto style, through radical experimentation with materials and technique, with subjects in his paintings appearing involved, deconstructed and at times, even afflicted and tortured and at other times brazen and confident. As an artist, he has gone over and beyond the predictive tribal art and is a progressive force for change in Nigerian Modern Contemporary Art.
Soji proposes that “The context in which an object is seen is all important and that we see depends on what we look for: our expectations, our perspective and many a times stem from the influence and instruction of our experiences.” To Soji, the historical syntax and a sense of location in a larger matrix of thought, connects his practice to a much larger field of meaning, reflecting a great depth of thought provoking imagination.
Central to Soji Adesina’s work is a fascination with memory, visualisation, observation, language, identity, globalization, sovereignty and conflict. He also attempts to make gritty sense, through the use of layered ironic humor, puns, metaphors and paradoxes of how globalisation and international dynamics in conflict shape radicalization, the state, migration and sexuality. He derives inspiration from Wangechi Mutu, Mark Bradford, Michelle Keck.
His works have been collected by private individuals, art enthusiasts and corporate organizations both in Nigeria and abroad.
Soji has participated in several group exhibitions including:
ArtX Lagos 2017
INTERACTIONS: CROSSING LINES (group show) 2015
HYBRID THEORY ( group show) 2014
FRESH VERNACULAR (group show) 2012