Olaniyi R. Akindiya aka AKIRASH
Olaniyi R. Akindiya’s interdisciplinary art practice investigates systems of power that govern everyday existence. Living between Lagos and Texas, the artist translates materials into contemporary sculptures and installations that offer conceptual and temporal perspectives on contrasting social infrastructures.
Of particular interest are reflections on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development, as well as social infrastructure.
Akindiya won the 2017 Innovative Artist Award from the Mid America Artist Alliance (MAAA/NEA). He won a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award in 2011 and 2016/17 and won a Commonwealth Connection Award UK 2011. He is also a recipient of numerous grants, including the Cultural Initiative & Capacity Building Grant, Culture Alive from City of Austin in 2016/17 and the Santo Foundation Grant 2015.
To watch videos of Akindiya at work in locations around the world, click here.
Three sisters, 2016. Mixed media tapestry painting, 7ft x 8ft x 1ft.
Between Two Cities, 2016. Mixed media tapestry painting, 50in x 55in x 6in.
Summer 2016, 2016. Mixed media tapestry painting, 50ft x 55ft x 8ft.
Land of white trees, 2016. Mixed media tapestry painting, 6ft x 7ft x 1ft.
Inflation, 2016. Mixed media tapestry sculpture installation, 10ft x 20ft x 20ft.