Dayo Laoye

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A graduate of the School of Art, Design & Printing, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria (1981 & 1985)

Dayo’s early formal training, involved learning the style of modern masters in 1988, while studying at the Department of Art at Howard University in Washington, DC. He was influenced by the philosophy of Dr. Alain Locke, who during the period of the Harlem Renaissance challenged black artists to be inspired by their culture, environment and Africa.  He argued that, if some western artists (Modiglianni, Brancussi, Piscasso etc.) could be inspired by Africa, so could we, for it’s our birth right!

According to Dayo Laoye, “My work is more ritualistic today – I extract the essence out of form, through the use of tones, textures & lines while still retaining the identity of the subject – This was the goal of traditional African Artist – straight, direct and to-the-point!

He is based in Chicago.