My works focus on moments. Time, present in seconds and minutes, can only be preserved through documentation, as memory is fleeting and easily forgotten or transformed. My work is often marked by an exploration of rural versus urban life, namely the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure. I produce works which explore the personal and the universal, which investigate the invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence, and which instigate debate among viewers without conventional ink on paper. My works address social issues.
I work with a multitude of techniques and materials. The result of which may be mixed media painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, sound, or performance. Found objects that relate to a particular society or community are central in my work. They may be woven, sewn, glued, welded, nailed, collaged, cast, or carved. They may be mounted on canvas as 2D mixed media painting, or used as sculptural 3D work. My works invoke touch and tempt viewers to forget how to move their feet.
I am always trying new things, experimenting, and challenging myself with new techniques, ideas and materials to interact with people.
I have dedicated my life as an interdisciplinary artist to easing pain and providing comfort, peace, and solace. I believe art can be a balm to the soul, revealing an often quiet inner truth. My art is about the joys in life and is directly inspired by rhythm, harmony, and repetition of movements.
My name is Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (Akirash) I am an Multidisciplinary artist, I was born in Lagos – Nigeria in 1973, 1991 BA Degree in bio-chemistry University of Agricultural Abeokuta and In 1995 graduate in Diploma fine art and applied art at the institute of textile technology Oregun-Lagos state – Nigeria. I live Between Lagos –Nigeria and Austin – Texas USA.
After graduating in 1995, I moved to the Republic of Benin. I was hungry for new ideas, diversity, new techniques, to find my own style, and to meet other artists of the world. I finally settled down in Accra, –Ghana in 2001. Since then I have traveled to many countries, taken part in seminars, biennales, artists in residency programs, workshops, and both solo and group exhibitions.
And important aspect of my work is ARTWITHAKIRASH, an NGO I founded in 2000 in Republic of Benin. Throughout my travels it has grown, contributing to the development of communities, women and children, by encouraging art in public space.
I allow the community to take control of the creation, with the belief they will take care of whatever comes out it. Most of the projects incorporate drama and performance to send messages to the community, educate ourselves, and to share experiences.
My intervention has helped get many women and children get off the street. Some have gone back to school. Some young ladies have learned new creative jobs that have allowed them to become master of themselves, making money to live a good life and also sharing their knowledge with other people on the street. My works can be found in many countries in Africa, Europe, USA, Asia, Caribbean’s, Australia,
My works has won awards, grants, fellowships among are 2014 fellowship at university of Texas- Austin, Fellowship at Artists INC / MAAA/ City of Austin, Hotbox residency at Mass Gallery, fellowship at Kiosko Gallery in Bolivia, 2013 fellowship at JMAC in Namibia, fellowship residency at Centraltrak UT Dallas, 2012 fellowship residency at Vytlacil campus art student league NY, residency at Triangle Art association NY, Fellowship at Nafasi art space Tanzania, grants from Africa Centre / infecting the city Cape town S. Africa, fellowship at Thupelo/ Bag Factory Johannesburg- South Africa, 2011 Grant FROM Nirox Projects / 12 Decade Art Hotel Johannesburg South Africa, Grant from Pollock Krasner Foundation USA, Residency fellowship at Art farm Nebraska, Award & Grant from Commonwealth Foundation international artists connection UK, Fellowship residency at Vermont studio Center USA, fellowship Gladstone Gallery/ Studio Canada, 2010 fellowship at CCA Lagos/ Triangle Network Nigeria, fellowship residency at Thami Mnyele Foundation Netherlands, 2009 Sansa international residency Ghana, Go Ingenious Award CA- USA, 2008 Grant fellowship from Bluesky Projects IL-USA, Artcroft residency fellowship Kentucky USA.