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My goal is to introduce my mannerist style as a new development in my artistic practice. Expressing my narrative and experience through my body of works to connect with my viewers through figurative expressions and to show my audience the concepts around black beauty experiences, philosophy and cultures.



Akanji Bolaji is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Lagos/Nigeria. His practice involves painting, photography and mural painting. His artistic piece highlights narratives that surrounds Man and his environment in relation to its cultural experiences and to bring forth the aesthetic quality of his imagination into visual consciousness. His specialization is mainly on painting using acrylic and oil medium to create stories and experience he finds intriguing to represent and he hope to explore sculptural installations using his simplified pop-abstract layered patterns to further his practice.

The artists is inspired in the ideal forms and harmonious compositional styles of mannerist, pop-abstraction and surrealism paintings. His exaggerated approach of his painting is to capture the perfect and imperfection of black beauty; exploring his ideal of beauty in long-neck features as unique philosophy features from Black African Art in its psychology of aesthetics.


Spanish Visual Arts Competition and exhibition, Nigeria (2012, 2015, 2022)

Creative debuts show and Exhibition, London (2018)

Finalist in British Council Art Showcase (2019)

World University of Design Art competition and Exhibition, India (2020)

BoldBrush Art Contest Top FAV15, U.S.A (2022)

High Art competition and group exhibition,California (2022)

Featured as a freelance mural artist in Nigeria Reality Tv Show: Big Brother Naija (2020,2021,2022) Online group exhibition 2023: "Bitter and Sweet memories" on Artsy. 

Related works

Title- Flowerovlove 

Medium- Acrylic on canvas 

Size- 32 x 36 inches

Year- 2022

Title- Too many cups

Medium- Acrylic on canvas 

Size- 32 x 36 inches 

Year- 2022

Title- Thankfulness

Medium- Acrylic on canvas 

Size- 28 x 36 inches 

Year- 2023

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