“Like some of the old art masters, Delacroix and Goya, that spoke about social and political upheavals of their time in their works, I use some my paintings to express ideas and opinions on ongoing political and social issues around the world.”
Olabamiji Yemi Tubi, commonly known as O Yemi Tubi aka MOYAT was born in 1955 in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa. He obtained a BFA Degree at Valdosta State College, Georgia, the USA where he majored in Graphic Design. He was awarded an Art Scholarship and a plaque (Excellence in Fine Art) 1984 by South Georgia, Douglas Georgia, USA. He currently lives and works as a Graphic Artist in the United Kingdom. His works are influenced by Renaissance artists and the current world political situation. He had a solo exhibition at Millfield House, Edmonton, London, England in 1992.
His painting ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ was shortlisted and exhibited for the ArtGemini Prize 2013. ‘Arab Revolution’ has been exhibited in a group show with The United Society of Artists at Cork Street, London, UK. Five of his paintings were exhibited in a group exhibition of The Best of Salon Des Refuses, 2014, in London. His paintings “Portrait of An Artist” won the 2014 Master of Art International Gold Award. From 2014 to 2017, O. Yemi’s paintings have won 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th places in 2014 American Art Awards competitions. O. Yemi took part in WAC 2014 group exhibition in October 2014 and the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2015. One of O. Yemi’s work was selected for the final round of Art Olympia Competition 2015 exhibition with price award in Tokyo, Japan. Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and Islands commemorative AWARD HONOURS to O. Yemi Tubi for the participation in the works of 2017, 15th PATRAS ART FAIR, Patras Greece. His painting ‘SOYINKA: An African Literary Icon’ was sold by the internationally recognized Saatchi gallery to an art collector in the USA.
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