A little more about me:

I was born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria. I became a lawyer because that was what my Father expected of me; he too was a lawyer. After several years of spending all my free time and money creating Art and Music I decided to make a change and decided to become a full-time Artist.

This path I chose is not easy, nor filled with riches but it is my destiny, in Yoruba we say, Ayanmo. My Art is called, Afromysterics, a term I coined in 2007, which means, the mystery of the African thought pattern. As a Pioneer and Leader in the Afrofuturism movement I consider it my duty to keep creating and to continue to push boundaries.  It transcends Art mediums and is also the expression of these thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds. All of my worlaolu-senbanjo-equinoxk is heavily influenced by my Yoruba heritage and often related to the environment I find myself in.

I love to travel so you will often see my travels reflected in my work.  I am a passionate activist and you will notice how most of my works have social justice ideologies woven throughout.  Also, you will notice feminism, women and children are often present and common themes in my work, this is because of my work as Human Rights Lawyer in Nigeria I was impacted by the strength girls and women have shown me. I weave stories throughout the lines and patterns in my works.

I am a self-taught Visual Artist and Musician. My preferred medium is charcoal, although I do use others as well.  I often create Art based on the songs that I write and vice-versa.  Musically I am influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, Sade, and King Sunny Ade.  Artistically I am often compared to Twin Seven-Seven.

“Everything is my canvas” I have collaborated with Beyonce on music videos and commission one of a kind hand painted shoes including African inspired NIKE Air Max.

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I try very hard to balance both my passions of Art and Music. Yet, since they are so intertwined it’s difficult for me to separate the two. Currently, I divide my time between Nigeria and Brooklyn, New York.

http://www.laolu.nyc/music-videos/