Olawunmi Banjo Nigerian, b. 1985

Olawunmi Banjo is a self-taught Nigerian visual artist who studied Entrepreneurship at the Pan African University in Lagos. She has taken part in solo and group shows in her native Nigeria, and has showcased her work in numerous international exhibitions and art fairs including at Re-Art Meets Africa , Ihlienworth, Germany (2018), Press for Progress International Women Arts Exhibition in Dubai (2018), 24th Pan African Film & Art Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, USA (2016), and at the Heinrich Heine University's 10th Afrika Tage in Dusseldorf, Germany (2015). She was a finalist at the Global Art Awards for Painting at the Armani Hotel in Dubai (2017).

Banjo began her artistic journey in hyper-realism with her characteristic attention to detail, and has evolved her painting style to explore more surrealistic landscapes in an attempt to re-orient typical mind-sets. In her recent body of work, Banjo paints expressive wire figures, which explore deep ideologies by portraying everyday social and individual realities which confront us. By keenly observing nature, works of art, and life situations fueled by personal experiences, Banjo's art is a response to hidden realities which confront us individually and collectively across the globe.