Hi guys, I’m pleased to announce to you our youthpreneur for the first quarter of the year 2020. She’s a very talented artist. Her works are mind blowing, spectacular and tells a personal/ unique story to each person. She has also being featured in newspapers, blogs and has won some awards and accolades to her name. Let’s learn a thing or two…

1. Kindly make an introduction of yourself and what you do.

I’m Iyunola Sanyaolu, a graduate of the University of Lagos where I studied Visual Arts. I’m an artist currently based in Lagos, Nigeria. I work with various mediums but currently my preferred medium is Oil. My works are influenced majorly by my thoughts and personal experiences then comes experiments, culture and environment.

2. What birthed this passion and how did you start off with it?

Precious things come naturally. I can’t point to an exact thing but most things I did or had interest in while growing up all related to the arts. I professionally started this career in 2017,during my 6months internship, where I was practically tutored under some artists I look up to. The experience built my skill and confidence.

3. Who are your role models and how have they influenced you?

I have plentyyyyy!!! They are a lot. Some I know personally, others I come across their works online. Each of them have one or two things I admire either from their art pieces or from their discipline to work, to keep working! The likes of foreign artists whose names I don’t recall,  Ejoh Wallace, Bolaji Ogunwo, Edosa Oguigo, Tonia Nneji, Abass Kelani, Akintomide Aluko, Irynayer Molover, Henri Kaau, Paul Heaston, Eleezabeth Ekpetorson, Duke Asidere, Igwe Michael , Wahaab Saheed, Chidinmaaa Nnoli, Austin Uzor, Ibe Ananaba, Obayomi Anthony, Joseph Obanubi,Ajiboye Adedolapo, Josh Nmesirionye, Adejumo Olusegun, Solomon Omogboye, Soji Adesina, Ayanfe Olarinde … should I continue? Lol they are a lot!!!!! and I can’t recall all

4. What are the challenges you’ve experienced in your journey so far?

Finding art Opportunities in Nigeria!!! It’s scarce. We artists tend to look outside the country for opportunities, which include; residencies, fellowships etc. Also, definitely funding it. But if one truly has passion for this career, One will keep pushing!

5. What has been your most humbling experience?

Uhm! I think it would be the fact that I thought I knew what I was doing earlier with my career, so I basically shut out important advice. But lesson learnt now, I’m more open to learn.

6. What do you think is going to make you stand out with your vision?

Me being as original as I can be, by being true to myself and my expression alone is enough for me to stand out because it’s unique being IyunOla

7. What are some sacrifices you have made to push your dream?

I’ve sacrificed time, to grow in this career, to achieve this goal of mine. Time to submit for residencies, fellowships, study more, practice more, experiment more in order to develop my skill.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

The goal is to be definitely recognized and appreciated. Exhibitions both home and abroad, To positively help and influence more people with my works etc

9. What have you learnt in all these things?

One sincere answer is that I’ve learnt not to look down on myself, to believe in myself more. I’ve learnt that things don’t come easy, but with passion for ones career, you’ll have no choice but to keep pushing until the goal is achieved!

You can view more of her works and reach her on her ig handle : @iyunOla


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