Featured Artist Kikelomo Solomon-Ayeni(Derby)

Kikelomo Solomon-Ayeni  is a digital artist, her name Kikelomo carries the profound meaning of ‘a child is to be cared for/pampered,’ reflecting her multifaceted identity as a visual artist, photographer, writer, philanthropist, and child protection advocate. Infused with a sharp eye for detail and a profound dedication to instigating social change, she seamlessly use her art to make a difference. Fueled by an unwavering passion for documenting the experiences of women and children, her works transcends the boundaries of mere imagery; it becomes a potent tool for advocacy and societal enlightenment.She derives immense gratification from documenting the journey of children, from before they are born to their lives in the world.

Embark on a captivating journey through the lens of an artist whose passion for photography transcends boundaries. In this exclusive feature, we delve into the life and artistry of Kikelomo, a visionary photographer whose work resonates with depth, emotion, and cultural richness.

Reflecting on the genesis of her artistic odyssey, Kikelomo recounts her inaugural encounter with artistry during her university years. A visit to a friend’s place unveiled a world of digital photography, igniting a profound sense of purpose within her.

Delving into her family history, Kikelomo unveils a lineage steeped in artistic fervor. Discovering her grandfather’s legacy as a renowned photographer in Lagos, Nigeria, and uncovering familial ties to the art form, Kikelomo realizes that creativity flows in her veins.

Despite pursuing a degree in chemistry education to honor her father’s wishes, Kikelomo ultimately followed her passion for photography. Recently completing a master’s in management, she lays the foundation for launching an art gallery and cultural center.

Kikelomo shares insights into two projects close to her heart. From the poignant narrative of “If a Pregnant Woman Smiles” to the vibrant celebration of African motherhood in “African Preggy Ready to Party,” each project reflects her unique vision and storytelling prowess.

Through years of dedication and experimentation, Kikelomo honed her distinctive style. Drawing inspiration from her past experiences, she infuses her work with authenticity, depth, and a profound message of resilience.

Driven by her personal journey as a survivor of child sexual abuse, Kikelomo channels her experiences into powerful messages of hope, empowerment, and positivity. Her art serves as a beacon of light, illuminating the beauty and strength of women and children.

With exhibitions spanning across prestigious galleries in the UK, Spain, Germany, and Italy, Kikelomo continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Her upcoming project promises to unveil new dimensions of creativity and storytelling by Christmas 2024.

As Kikelomo embarks on her artistic voyage, she remains committed to using her talent and platform to advocate for social change and gender equality. Through her lens, she invites us to explore the beauty of humanity and the transformative power of art.

African Preggy Series

African Preggy Ready To Party,’ kikelomo celebrate the beauty of pregnancy through the lens of African culture. Each image radiates with the vibrancy of traditional African headgear, symbolizing strength, heritage, and femininity. The addition of sunglasses adds a contemporary twist, reflecting the modern woman’s confidence and flair. Through this fusion of tradition and modernity, She honors the journey of motherhood with exuberance and style, inviting viewers to join in the festive spirit of anticipation and celebration.”


The Holy Art Realm II 2024-04-22 – 2024-05-22

Madeke Modern Art Exhibition 2024-04-29 – 2024-05-03

Artboxy Exhibition May 2024