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My artworks are a reflection of my immediate environment with a keen interest in the human form and faces (portraiture). I tried to use different media both conventional and unconventional to execute my works. In my early phase of work, I tried to depict the human form and face using the veining pattern from leaves (that is as my brushes), this is because of the aesthetic quality the leaf veins possess. 
Currently, my new body of works tries to capture the complexity of the human mind using the liquidized painting technique to render my form. This is to bring to the fore how feelings are interwoven and mixed in the human mind.



Yusuf Olayinka Umar was born on October in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He studied Fine Art at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, majored in painting in 2010, and was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the same institution in 2016.

He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in painting at the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State.


2016 - Master of Fine Arts (MFA) 

2013 - 2016 - Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

2010 - Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A, Fine Arts) 


2022 - We Love Women Art Exhibition: Celebrating International Women’s Day.

2021 - 16 th Annual Research Fair/Exhibition: Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

2018 - The Roots: A Solo Exhibition of paintings and drawings.

2018 - Resonance Art Exhibition: Department of Visual and Creative Arts, FederalUniversity of Lafia. 

2017 -  Life in My City Art Festival, Enugu.

2017 - Creo Arts Exhibition, Abuja.

2015 - Visual Arts Competition/Exhibition

2015 - Open Space Arts Exhibition, Kaduna.
2014 - Africa Arts Resource Centre Art Exhibition, (AARC) Lagos. 
2014 - Life in My City Arts Festival, Enugu. 
2014 - Nigeria/Roots: Contemporary Artists from Nigeria by Imago Mundi.

2009 - U08 FA Orientation/Art Exhibition, Department of Fine Arts, A.B.U, Zaria.

2009 - Environmental Design Students Association Art Exhibition, Faculty of Environmental Design, A.B.U, Zaria.

Related works

Title - In-Between the line

Medium - Mixed media (Oil & Acrylic on Canvas)

Size - 80cmx100cm

Year - 2023

Price - $4,500

Title - A Quiet Place

Medium - Mixed media (Oil & Acrylic on Canvas)

Size - 80cmx100cm

Year - 2023

Price - $5,000

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