Boluwatife Oyediran is a contemporary painter working primarily with figuration and text. His practice is informed by a deep commitment to reimagining and reorienting Black identity in the canons of history, religion, and Western art. He uses cotton as an essential symbol of interrogation.
His works prompt reflection on long-standing systemic oppressions, particularly through his investigation of the connecting link between the history of fashion and cotton, and how these histories are related to Black people. This informs his signature approach of placing Black people dressed in high fashion in both cotton fields and spheres of power that are hostile to them, rebuilding them with the inclusion of new possibilities and representation.