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IFE FIDUDUSOLABiography: I was born in Iseyin, Nigeria in 1967, my first exposure to the arts and crafts that would become my life’s work came at the hands of my grandmother. A master in Indigo processes and decorative sewing, she taught me from the age of seven while passing along the rich cultural history behind these skills. The Yoruba civilization of Nigeria has been known for producing superior artisans since the tenth century and has retained this ability through educational storytelling in the oral tradition. Their depiction of true to life figures and situations in art predates their European counterparts by 400 years. With a solid foundation in Yoruba aesthetic, I began a Western style education through primary, secondary, Government Technical College and the Institute of Management Technology in Nigeria, toward a degree in Fine Art. Upon graduation, I started as an apprentice at the famed Nike Center for Art and Culture in Osogbo, Osun State. Here I concentrated in the disciplines of wood sculpture, reverse appliqué, embroidery and quilting. At Nike, I changed my focus from Western European modernism to develop my own interpretation of traditional arts, such as using batik on rice paper and Fabric. After sharpening my skills at Nike and also mastering traditional Yoruba dance, drum language and fire rituals, I decided to educate others. I focus primarily on painting and sculpture, but also hold educational workshops on the Yoruba civilization. I also run the gallery business. Established in Nigeria, I began to travel to different cities worldwide sharing the beauty of my culture through personal interpretation in painting and performance. I have toured the United States extensively, holding workshops in schools, universities and community centers, my work can currently be seen in several local shops and galleries. Country: USA Birthyear: JANUARY 26TH, 1967 Galleries: January 2005- Black Art Studio Design Center 418 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe, New Mexico August 2004-March 2005 The Eatery 979 West Alameda Santa Fe, NM 505.466.8424 July 2004 Folk Art Museum Santa Fe, New Mexico February-March 2004 Borders Books and Music Cafe Sanbusco Center 500 Montezuma Ave Ste 108 Santa Fe, NM 505.954.4707 January 2004 Women's Health Services 901 West Alameda St Santa Fe, NM December 2003 Tybee Satin Davis Gallery Santa Fe Public Library November 2003 Borders Books and Music Cafe Santa Fe, NM September 2003 Marketplace Natural Grocery Santa Fe, NM August 2003 Folk Art Museum of New Mexico - Guest artist Indigo workshop Santa Fe, NM June-October 2003 Santa Fe Artist's Market Santa Fe, NM June-August 2003 Cleopatra's Cafe Santa Fe, NM June 2003 Bantu Camp at Synergia - Exhibition and drumming Madrid, NM Blue Moon Used Books and Tapes Santa Fe, NM May 2003 Marketplace Natural Grocery Santa Fe, NM Black Arts Studio Santa Fe, NM April-May 2003 Emerging Artist Gallery Santa Fe, NM February 2002- Dudu Arts Studio Santa fe, NM February 2002-August 2003 LewAllen Contemporary Santa Fe, NM Dudu Gallery Oshogbo, Nigeria Judith Klein Gallery, Inc. New York, NY Magic Gallery (group show) New York, NY Hut Gallery Brooklyn, NY Putnam Child Development Center (group show) Brooklyn, NY Youth Collective Center Brooklyn, NY African Shrine Brooklyn, NY Commonwealth Institute and Museum London UK Iwalewa Haus (group show) Berlin, Germany Skoto Gallery (group show) New York, NY Nike Gallery Oshogbo, Nigeria Media: mixed media Style: abstract Subjects: people, portraits and characters
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