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Laolu Senbanjo

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I was born and raised in Ilorin, Nigeria. I became a lawyer because that was what my Parent's expected of me. After several years of spending all my free time and money creating Art and Music I decided to make a change and decided to become a full-time Artist. This path I chose is not easy, nor filled with riches but it is my destiny. My Art is called, Afromysterics, a term I coined in 2007, which means, the mystery of the African thought pattern. It transcends Art mediums and is also the expression of the thoughts and mysteries into music, vocals, and sounds. All of my work is heavily influenced by Yoruba heritage and often related to the environment I find myself in. I love to travel so you will often see my travels reflected in my work. I am a passionate activist and you will notice how most of my work have social justice ideology throughout. Also, you will notice feminism, women and children are often present and common themes in my work, this is because in my year’s working as Human Rights Lawyer I was so impacted by the strength girls and women have shown me. I weave stories throughout the lines and patterns in my works.
I am a self-taught Visual Artist and Musician. My preferred medium is charcoal, but I do use others as well. I often create Art based on my songs that I write and vice-versa. Musically I am influenced by the likes of Fela Kuti, Sade, and Sunny Ade. However, Artistically I am often compared to Twin Seven-Seven.
I try very hard to balance both my passions of Art and Music. Yet, since they are so intertwined it’s difficult for me to separate the two. Currently, I divide my time between Nigeria and New York.

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