Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 110 October 2020 - Page 86

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In 2016 the hyperrealist community in Lagos drew global attention. Oil paintings by Lagos-based artist Olumide Oresegun quickly went viral on social media as people found it hard to believe they were not actual photographs.

Since then, a growing number of Nigerians have identified as hyperrealist artists.

Nigerian art curator Akinyemi Adetunji said this is a trend that has been made possible by social media.

"The Nigerian art circle used to be closed up. It was just made up of a few people who were avid collectors," Adetunji told CNN.

"But because of the influence of social media, it has opened up the industry to external influences, to many eyes."

Chiamonwu Joy is another Nigerian hyperrealist artist. She is one of a few female artists in the scene.

Joy was born in Borno, the northern part of Nigeria where she lived until the age of sixteen, where the Boko Haram group is active. Joy did not go to school to study art but had the passion to develop her skills on her own. She was also the only student to sit for a Fine and Applied Art examination in West Africa. She told CNN, "I have always had a passion for art and creativity in general, when I was in primary school I drew on any surface I saw be it paper desk and even my clothes".

Olumide Oresegun painting