Ayo Filade aka AyoDraws, is an artist unlike many. Creative since he was very young, his talent was nurtured by his artistic dad, so we can say art is in his genes. Now, with a degree in Architecture and focusing on hyperrealism as his own style of art, he believes 2017 is a year of unexplored boundaries, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.
DQ: Please share with us your educational background
AF: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Nottingham, UK. I had some work experience practicing at an architect’s firm, before taking up art eventually.
DQ: How do you think the support and nurturing of your passion affected who you have become today? And would you still be an artist now if you weren’t encouraged then?
AF: I believe it wasn’t a coincidence that I got just the right motivation I needed to be where I am. Art stuck with me right from the start, and my whole essence accepted the idea. I have always been creative, so even if I didn’t get the nurturing, I’m sure I’d be somewhere doing something creative, probably not drawing, but definitely creative.
DQ: Your style of hyper-realistic artwork is very unique; what drives your creations, and what inspires the kind of art you make?
AF: I am inspired by everything I see, but most especially by nature. Nature speaks to me. Life itself is a muse
DQ: Please share with us the evolution of your art; how did you start, and how did you expand from just using one particular tool to others?
AF: When I decided I wanted to delve into art, I picked up graphite pencils from the local store. Then I moved on to charcoal after a few months. I discovered pastel after about a year, but I needed to perfect my skills before working with it. I’d love to try out oil painting, as it is delightful and free to work with
DQ: One could argue that architecture is art; what are your thoughts on that, and do you see yourself actually working as an architect, or does creating portrait art have your heart and attention for the near future?
AF: Architecture is definitely an art form. Art is about creativity. Anything you create with your mind and bring into physical manifestation is an art form. I am taking it one step at a time, one artwork at a time.
DQ: What are your thoughts on how the art sector has developed, especially in the last few years in Nigeria?
AF: I believe we’ve had many successful artists in the past. There seems to be a huge gap between then and now. However we are here as young artists to fill in the space between now and the future.
What does 2017 hold for AyoDraws?
2017 going to be a year of unexplored boundaries
DQ: Who are your favourite Nigerian and African artists?
My fellow insanity artists, first of all, are young and zealous as I am. I have always admired many artists in Africa. I find it difficult to pick a favourite; myself perhaps!
DQ: If you could put your work anywhere in the world, at any gallery, or any home, where would you put it and why?
AF: I would love to put my work in every person’s hearts as that is truly where the message I convey will stay forever. But I’d like to exhibit at Tate Modern Gallery in London or at the National Museum of Great Nigerian Artists (NMGNA), perhaps vision 2025! I pray! Smiles..
Art stuck with me right from the start, and my whole essence accepted the idea
Anything you create with your mind and bring into physical manifestation is an art form
We are here as young artists to fill in the space between now and the future
I would love to put my work in every person’s hearts as that is truly where the message I convey will stay forever.