Awodiya Tolowani | Artist Overview

Born in Nigeria in 1994, Toluwani grew up in Ogun State. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State and graduated in 2017. Awodiya Toluwani is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA). Toluwani’s works are privately collected in Nigeria and Abroad. He has been involved in various projects and exhibitions in Nigeria such as the So Far Exhibition (2014- 2017), The Tribe Art Festival (2018), Art Soirée (2019), Society of Nigerian Artists Art Exhibition ‘October Rain’(2019), MyDrim Art Gallery Group Exhibition (2019) and Life in My City Art Foundation competition (LIMCAF) (2019) where he was one of the finalists. He is exclusively represented by Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery and he presented his first solo exhibition at the gallery in Dubai in May 2022. His solo show Interwoven Existences was presented from 16 March to 27 May 2023 at Zidoun-Bossuyt Luxembourg.

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The use of African symbols in Toluwani’s works refers to the scars commonly known as tribal marks. Inherited from slavery for identification purposes, yet considered a form of adornment and wealth, these physical and emotional scars should not be ignored but rather constitute an invaluable heritage for Africans. Mirrored City aims to unfold new meanings from these ancestral symbols, sometimes tinted with exaltation and transcendence..

Awodiya Tolowani