Ayobola Kekere-Ekun (b. 1993) is a visual artist. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her B.A. and M.A. in Visual arts were received from the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos; where she majored in Graphic Design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Ayobola is also a Lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos.
Ayobola’s work usually explores subjects connected to gender, mythology, power and the human condition in a multi-layered way; creating work through a labour-intensive process. Her work is heavily informed by personal experiences and observations. She is particularly interested in exploring the subtle interplay of time, space, gender, power and social structures in contemporary society.
Ayobola works predominantly with a technique known as quilling, in which strips of paper are individually shaped to create forms. She tends to quill with a variety of materials that respond well to the technique; including ribbon and strips of canvas. She constantly experiments with new ways of exploring materials and their capabilities. Ayobola views her use of the technique as a three dimensional manifestation of lines, creating pockets of light and shadow. She views the intricacy of her work as a visual metaphor of the complexity of the subject matter she engages with.
Artyrama Launch Exhibition (Group Show)
Idanimo (Group Show)
Terrakulture Gallery, Lagos
In Honour of Professor Bolanle Awe (Group Show)
Museum of the Institute of Africa Studies, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.
Her Story (Group Show)
Rele Gallery, Lagos
Dysmorphia & Other Thoughts (Joint Show)
Ake Arts and Book Festival
Life in my City Art Festival
SAO and The Muse (Group Show)
SAO Cafe, Lagos
Young Contemporaries (Group Show)
Rele Gallery, Lagos
The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups Grant
Rele Art Foundation “Young Contemporaries” Grant
University of Lagos, Convocation Prize
United States Consulate General ‘Women’s History Month’ Art Contest