Yinka Shonibare Is The Decorated Multimedia Artist Exploring Cultural Identity

Yinka Shonibare is a world-renowned artist, recently honoured in the 2019 Powerlist — an award that celebrates the most influential black figures in Britain — amongst the likes of Mo Abudu, Anthony Joshua, John Boyega and more. 

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Born in London, Shonibare moved to Nigeria when he was three, spending his formative years in Lagos. He eventually moved back to London to begin his degree in Fine Art at The Byman School of Art — now the prestigious Central Saint Martins. 

Influenced by his dual nationality, Shonibare's art explores the complicated relationship between Africa and Europe, examining race, class, colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Speaking with artnet, he further elucidates:

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"My work addresses the idea of having this fusion or hybrid cultural identity and what that produces. 

People always want to categorize things: I’m much more interested in this idea of a hybrid."

The first black British artist to be commissioned by the Fourth Plinth Commission, for his 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' installation, which was displayed in London's Trafalgar Square for two years, Shonibare is a highly decorated and respected artist. 

Shonibare boasts a plethora of exhibited pieces in a number of prominent collections internationally. Manipulating multiple media — working as a sculptor, painter, photographer and filmmaker — Yinka Shonibare's assorted artwork is truly breathtaking! 

See more of his artwork here, and below: 

By Adewojumi Aderemi, published on 25/10/2018

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