Featured Artist Tosin Iwayemi(London)

Artist Statement.

As a digital artist and cinematographer based in London, United Kingdom, I navigate the realms of visual storytelling through my creations, blending the rich tapestry of my Nigerian roots with the vibrant, multicultural canvas exploration of Africa. I was born and raised in Nigeria, my artistic journey began with graphic design and evolved into what is now refer to as ‘tradigital’ art, a fusion of traditional influences and digital techniques.

Having pursued a master’s degree in filmmaking from the London Film Academy, my work seamlessly incorporates elements of filmic storytelling into the realm of visual arts. My artistic repertoire spans various forms, including abstract, impressionism, cubism, fauvism, line art, and digital oil paint. These diverse styles serve as my visual language, allowing me to articulate the intricate narratives embedded in Africa’s history, tradition, culture, beliefs, values, and daily activities.

Drawing inspiration from the dynamic intersection of movie scenes, diverse traditions, and cultural nuances across Africa, I strive to capture the essence of the continent’s kaleidoscopic heritage. My art serves as a visual voyage, exploring the multifaceted layers of African identity and the nuanced interplay between the old and the new.

Through the meticulous integration of photography and digital software, I bring forth masterpieces that transcend conventional boundaries. Each stroke and pixel are intentional, weaving together stories that resonate with the viewer’s emotions and intellect. My artistic expression, rooted in the ‘tradigital’ ethos, seeks to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity, echoing the evolving narratives of a continent rich in history and innovation.

Whether I delve into abstract realms, create impressionistic masterpiece, or employ cubist forms to deconstruct reality, my art is a celebration of the diversity and resilience embedded in African culture. It is a testament to the power of storytelling through visuals, transcending geographical boundaries to foster a global appreciation for the intricate beauty and complexity of Africa.

In essence, my art is a visual symphony, harmonizing the echoes of my Nigerian heritage with the vibrant, cosmopolitan pulse of London. Through the lens of ‘tradigital’ art, I invite viewers to embark on a journey through time and space, where the past intertwines with the present, and the essence of Africa is illuminated in every brushstroke and pixel.

Artist Profile / Bio

Hailing from the vibrant landscapes of Nigeria, Tosin Iwayemi is a dynamic artist currently based in the United Kingdom, carving a niche for himself as a cinematographer and digital artist. With a passion for storytelling through both moving and static visuals, Tosin’s work is a captivating exploration of the history, traditions, cultures, beliefs, and values of Africa. 

Tosin’s artistic journey began against the backdrop of Nigeria’s diverse cultural tapestry, where he developed a keen eye for capturing the essence of his surroundings. After honing his skills in cinematography, he embarked on a creative odyssey that would take him across continents, settling in the United Kingdom while staying deeply connected to his African roots. He embarked on a mission to breathe life into the tales of Africa’s past, infusing them with a contemporary twist using digital mediums. His digital canvases come alive with a vibrant array of colors, intricate details, and symbolic elements that pay homage to the continent’s diverse traditions.

As a cinematographer, Tosin has a unique ability to translate narratives into visual poetry. His lens captures the nuances of African history, offering viewers a cinematic journey through time. From the majestic landscapes to intimate portrayals of cultural ceremonies, Tosin’s cinematography serves as a visual documentation of Africa’s multifaceted heritage.

In tandem with his work as a cinematographer, Tosin seamlessly integrates digital art into his portfolio. His creations are a harmonious blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary techniques, reflecting the intricate layers of Africa’s past and present. Each piece is a meticulously designed visual narrative that pays homage to the continent’s diverse cultures, beliefs, and values.

Having made a home in the United Kingdom, Tosin serves as a cultural bridge, bringing African stories to global audiences. His art transcends geographical boundaries, inviting viewers to embark on a journey of discovery and connection with the vibrant narratives he presents. His work has been featured in exhibitions that celebrate the diversity and complexity of African culture, fostering a global appreciation for the continent’s history and traditions

A seasoned exhibitor, Tosin has participated in numerous shows, contributing to the dialogue on cultural representation and promoting cross-cultural understanding. His exhibitions have become platforms for sharing narratives that challenge stereotypes and illuminate the nuanced facets of African life, belief systems, and values.

Tosin Iwayemi’s artistic vision is a testament to the transformative power of storytelling. Through his lens and digital canvases, he invites audiences to join him on a captivating exploration of Africa’s history, traditions, cultures, beliefs, and values, transcending borders and fostering a deeper appreciation for the continent’s rich tapestry.