Wole Lagunju (b. 1966 Oshogbo, Nigeria, lives and works in the United States)

Lagunju  trained in graphic design at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. His work is associated with Onaism, a contemporary art movement of the Ife Art School dedicated to reimagining the forms and philosophies of traditional Yoruba art and design. He often pairs this influence with a clash of diverse cultural notions exploring post-colonial hierarchies and hybridisation.

Wole was awarded a Phillip Ravenhill Fellowship by UCLA in 2006 and a Pollock Krasner award in 2009. His work is held in numerous collections, including Collection Leridon ans Fondation d’entreprise Francès (both France).

Read the Debrief with Wole Lagunju in E here