My work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. Investigating the invisible systems of power that govern quotidian existence, my work explores the ephemeral nature of rural life in the face of accelerated global urban development. Spanning media and disciplines, my work engenders in the viewer feelings of comfort, peace, and solace. I believe that art can be a balm to the soul, revealing a quiet inner truth. My art is a reflection of the joys of life, directly inspired by rhythm, harmony, and the movement of daily existence.
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (a.k.a. AKIRASH) was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He moved to the United States in 2011 and divides his time between Lagos and Pflugerville, Texas. Akindiya is a recipient of the Innovative Artist Award from the Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA / NEA) for 2017; a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award 2016-17 & 2011; a Cultural Initiative & Capacity Building Grant, Culture Alive from the City of Austin 2016-17; the Santo Foundation 2015 Individual Artist Award, and the 2011 Commonwealth Connections International Arts Residency Award.
Throughout his career, the role of residencies and interactions with other artists has been pivotal to his work. Akindiya has been awarded residencies in the US from the International Studio & Curatorial Program, NYC (2016/17); Oklahoma State University Museum of Art (2015); University of Texas in Austin (2015); Santa Fe Art Institute (2015); Hotbox, MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas (2014); CentralTrak, University of Texas at Dallas (2013); Triangle Art Association, New York (2012); Vytlacil at the Art Students League of New York; Vermont Studio Center (2011), Blue Sky Project, Illinois (2008); and Artcroft, Kentucky. Internationally, Akindiya has been awarded residencies from Art at the Heart, East Pilbara, Australia (2016 & 17); Sacatar Foundation, Brazil (2015); Kiosko Galería, Bolivia (2014); John Muafangejo Art Centre, Namibia (2013); and the Nafasi Art Space, Tanzania (2012).
Akindiya’s work was exhibited at the 12th edition of Dak’Art, Dakar, Senegal in 2016. He also participated in Chale Wote Street Festival, Accra, Ghana in 2013; the International Multimedia Art Festival, Yagon, Myanmar in 2012; Infecting the City, Cape Town, South Africa in 2012; and the East Africa Art Biennale (ESTAFAB), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 2005 & 2007.
Experience the art of Olaniyi Akindiya in Peripheral Vision No. 8
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