Written by Fumnayah Agbugah
Over the past few days, Facebook has been abuzz with the artwork of a Nigerian artist, Oresegun Olumide. His oil on canvas paintings, which he has been creating for years, have finally brought the artist to the lime light. Oresegun set Facebook ablaze after he uploaded his most recent work on Saturday. Oresegun’s paintings go beyond paint and pencils. They are so realistic that his work could be deemed one of the best paintings ever created by an African, or, even compete with the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. A painting which, according to Wikipedia has been acclaimed as, “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world.” Some Nigerians still can’t believe that this painting was done by hand.
Oresegun is a 2006 graduate of the Yaba College of Technology. He graduated from the department of Fine Arts with a Distinction in painting. An amazing thing about his work is that he loves to paint water around or on his characters.
This is indeed a rare debut for the young artist as as he has taken African creativity to another level. Oresegun’s artwork could one day feature in the history of world records for art.
Here are some incredible pieces by Oresegun: