Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiy aka Akirash
Visiting Artist 2013
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiy aka Akirash is an interdisciplinary artist, who was born in Lagos – Nigeria in 1973, He first studies bio-chemistry, but found his calling in art in 1992 and began studing Fine Art and Applied Art at the Institute of Textile Technology Art and Design Oregun Lagos Nigeria. He currently lives in Austin, Texas. He has exhibited in several countries in Africa, Europe, USA, Asia, Caribbean’s, Australia, and has won many awards.
2011 - Commonwealth Foundation Connection International Artists Awards UK,
1995- Best Sculptor in Institute of textile technology Art and Design, Lagos - Nigeria
RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS
2012 - Vytlacil campus, the student’s league of NY,
2012 Triangle Art Association -New York
2012 -Nafasi Art Space Dar es salaam - Tanzania
2012- African Centre / Infecting the city Festival, Capetown , South Africa
2012- Thupelo /Bag Factory international Residency Johannesburg-South Africa
2012 - Nirox Projects / 12 Decade Art Hotel ,Johannesburg-South Africa.
2011- Vermont Studio Center, Vermont – USA,
2011- Gladstone Gallery / Studio. Toronto – Canada,
2011- Art Farm, Nebraska – USA
2009 - Thami Mnyele foundation, Artists in residency, Amsterdam – Netherlands,
2009- Sansa / Triangle International Residency, Kumasi - Ghana
2010 - CCA Lagos / Triangle/ British museum, Lagos - Nigeria
2008 - Bluesky Projects, Woodstock - Chicago - USA
2008 - Artcroft Artists Residency - Kentucky - USA
2011/ 2012- Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant - USA
2009 - Go ingenious Award, Santa Monica CA, USA.
My works are of moments, time, present in seconds and minutes, which can only be preserved with documentation, as memory is fleeting and easily forgotten or transformed and often marked by an exploration of Rural/ urban life, namely the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure. I work with a multitude of techniques and materials which the result maybe mixed media painting/ sculpture, installation, video, photography, sound and performance. I produce works that explore the personal and the universal, that investigate the invisible systems of power that govern everyday existence, and which instigate debate among viewers without traditional conventional ink on paper.