Oluwole Omofemi (Ibadan, 1988), born Godwin Oluwole Omofemi, is an international artist who hails from Edo south.
He dazzled his older neighbour with such displays that a woman once predicted his future artistic accomplishments.
He not only experienced a measure of hardship in his childhood, but also faced lonely spells. These further helped to deepen his artistic vision and provided sources of materials for his creativity.
Nostalgically, Omofemi’s childhood experiences in the inner streets of Ibadan helped shape his artist vision. At his early years, Omofemi was propelled to hawk beer; while doing this, he used a part of his earnings to buy drawing books in order to kickstart his artistic career.
The hustle and bustle of Ibadan metropolis, especially the popular Dugbe Market, were factors that imbued him with creative impulses, and fired his artistic imagination.
He later met an artist, from whom he acquired some first-hand informal artistic skills. Omofemi was later recognized as one of the best artsts at his Junior Secondary School – Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan.
Tope Fatunbi was the first professional artist who helped clear the path for Omofemi’s artistic career. He has had a teaching stint, and likes dancing, meeting people as well as playing football. His strength as an artist lies in showcasing human figures; and this is a skill he has steadily honed on the professional turf.
As a visionary, Omofemi has always wanted to deploy arts to better the lot of the underprivileged, to showcase African fashion and feminine charm, and to bring about the rediscovery of afrocentric pride. His works are widely collected in Nigeria and abroad.
His chosen media are oil and acrylic with preference for oil.
For him, African Art has more depth since it is often a portrayal of sometime complex personal experiences.
His mind continues to resonate with childhood experiences that proved material for his arts. He believes art has a functional role in society to correct vices, to reveal the messages in the mind of the artist, and as a record of the past.