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Title: Eyo
Size: 2 by 3ft
Style: Araism
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

This painting captures the beauty of the eyo festival, the movements of the Eyo masqueraders, their white robes billowing in the wind as they dance to the beats of traditional drums.

The Eyo Festival in Lagos is a cultural celebration that showcases the rich heritage of its people. It involves processions of masqueraded figures known as “Eyo” or “Adamu Orisha Play,” adorned in white robes, hats, and intricately decorated masks. The festival is marked by traditional music, dance, and performances, creating a captivating spectacle for both locals and tourists. The beauty of the Eyo Festival lies in its fusion of tradition, spirituality, and community, making it a truly mesmerizing experience. It is held in commemoration of the passing of a king, or of a well respected person who contributed to the progress of Lagos State.This art encapsulates the spirit of community and tradition. Each figures in the procession exudes a sense of pride and reverence for their cultural roots.

These art creates a deep appreciation for the beauty and resilience of the eyo festival and Nigerian culture. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving and celebrating our heritage, ensuring that future generations can continue to cherish the traditions that make us who we are.

Artist Bio:

Adebisi Adeyewa David is a contemporary visual artist from Osun State, Nigeria. His art career commenced in 2015 and in over seven years, he has immersed himself studiously to develop adeptness with colour, composition, symbolism with a diversity of materials. Using painting as a medium, he breathes new life into African cultural themes through vivid mixed media techniques that display his technical finesse and deep reverence for tradition.

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Eyo (2024)

Painting by Adeyewa Adebisi



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