David Olatoye
Born 1995 in Ibadan, Nigeria
Lives and works in Ibadan, Nigeria 
David Olatoye creates hyper-stylised portraits with a digitised and ultra modern edge in his chosen media of acrylic and pen. Olatoye’s work explores the concepts of reconstructed and idealised domestic scenes through a critical lens that examines his own somewhat fractured childhood memories, and the expectations of life in a traditional Nigerian home and society. It is inevitable that his lens on domesticity extends to the potency of women – an autobiographical stance given the status of female family figures in his own upbringing. Olatoye’s fashionably dressed female subjects stare intently at the viewer, demanding attention and engagement – their gazes leave the viewer both unsettled and intrigued. Olatoye obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ife, Nigeria. 
David Olatoye, A Man in His Prime, 2022, Pen and acrylic on canvas, 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Kanbi Projects.

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