New York based Nigerian visual artist Laolu Senbanjo has been making headlines for the past two weeks.
He was named as one of the collaborators for Nike’s Air Max CON event which held in New York from March 24th to the 27th; and also scored an endorsement deal as a brand ambassador for the new ‘Committed’ advertising campaign by the world’s biggest luxury gym and fitness brand, Equinox.
A trained lawyer, artist, singer and band leader, Laolu moved to the United States two years ago to pursue his dream of being a full time artist. The Brooklyn, New York based artist was born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria to Yoruba Parents and lives by the motto: “Everything is my Canvas.” Laolu puts his mark on everything from canvas, to shoes, to walls and buildings, to clothing and even the body with his Sacred Art of the Ori. There’s no separating Laolu from his Yoruba heritage, it is ever present in all his work. A strong advocate of holding onto your culture and spreading its glory he finds a way to marry his modern detail and ornate style with his Yoruba heritage by being one of the leaders in Afrofuturism Art. His preferred mediums are charcoal because it’s something as natural as life and death and he also likes to dabble in acrylics, inks and even wood.