INSTITUTE OF TEXTILE TECHNOLOGY ART & DESIGN, 1995, (HND) HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA
My work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. My work reflects on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development, and social infrastructure. I explore the personal and the universal, investigating the invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence. I utilize a multitude of techniques and materials, including re-purposed objects, which may result in mixed media painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, sound, performance.
Ultimately, my work is designed to create 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.
My name is Olaniyi R. Akindiya known as Akirash, I was born in Lagos – Nigeria in 1973, I am a Interdisciplinary Artist, my first degree is Bio-chem, I work for 2 years as a pharmacist and I find my call in 1991 where I went back to study fine and applied art at the Institute of Textile Art and Design in Lagos, After graduation I works as textile designer for Nigeria Textile mill in Lagos for 3 years, I am hungry for more knowledge, exposure, so since then I have travel length and breath in the world to contribute, seek for knowledge , show my works and in 2000 I form A non – government program artwithakirash in which I pick kids youths, teenage pregnancy girls away from the street help them find purpose in life, For the last 16 years, I have International Awards, Fellowships, Grants, I have been featured in more than 10 solo shows, many group exhibitions, over 30 performances, 20 artist residencies, i have been invited in many higher institutions has visiting Artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. My works can be found in many countries in the world, Since 2012 I have been living in Austin – Texas USA, AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCY are 2016 ISCP POLLOCK KRASNER FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY BROOKLYN- NY, 2016 AWARD FELLOWSHIP ART AT HEARTH, SHIRE OF PILPARA- AUSTRALIA, 2016 12th DAK’ART BIENNALE 2016, DAKAR – SENEGAL, 2015 THE SANTO FOUNDATION GRANT-USA, 2015 FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY AT SACATAR INSTITUTO ITAPARICA – BAHIA, BRAZIL, 2015 FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY AT OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART, OK-USA, 2015 FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY AT SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE, NEW MEXICO – USA, 2014 FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY, AT UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AUSTIN, USA, 2014 FELLOWSHIP ARTIST INC / MAAA/ CITY OF AUSTIN, TEXAS – USA, 2014 HOT BOX AT MASS GALLERY, AUSTIN – TEXAS USA, 2014 FELLOWSHIP AT KIOSKO GALLERY & INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY BOLIVIA, 2013 JOHN MUAFANGEJO ART CENTER, WINDHOEK – NAMIBIA, 2013 FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY AT CENTRALTRAK, UNI.OF TEXAS – DALLAS. USA, 2012 VYTLACIL CAMPUS THE ART STUDENT’S LEAGUE RESIDENCY. NEW YORK – USA, 2012 INTERNATIONAL MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL YAGON-MYANMAR, 2012 TRIANGLE ART ASSOCIATION RESIDENCY, NEW YORK – USA, 2012 NAFASI/ ART SPACE RESIDENCY DANISH EMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM TANZANIA., 2012 INFECTING THE CITY FESTIVAL, CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA, 2012 THUPELO /BAG FACTORY INTERN. RESIDENCY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 2011 NIROX PROJECTS/12 DECADE ART HOTEL, JOHANNESBURG - SOUTH AFRICA, 2011 POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION GRANT- USA, 2011 ART FARM ARTISTS RESIDENCY, NEBRASKA – USA, 2011 COMMONWEALTH CONNECTION INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AWARD, UNITED KINGDOM, 2011 VERMONT STUDIO CENTER, FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY, VERMONT – USA, 2011 GLADSTONE GALLERY/STUDIO, TORONTO – CANADA, 2010 CCA LAGOS, TRIANGLE, BRITISH MUSEUM ARTIST IN RESIDENCY, LAGOS-NIGERIA, 2010 THAMI MNYELE FOUNDATION, ARTISTS RESIDENCY AMSTERDAM – THE NETHERLANDS, 2010 Go INGENIOUS AWARD, SANTA MONICA, CA – USA, 2008 BLUESKY PROJECT ARTISTS RESIDENCY, WOODSTOCK IL- CHICAGO – USA, 2008 ARTCROFT ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY, KENTUCKY – USA