Yisa's work is in private and public collections around the world including the collections of Great-West Life, Cargill Canada, and several international diplomats.
Like his own worldwide romp—which has taken him from his native Nigeria, where he was featured in Nigerian Artists: A Who's Who and Bibliography, to the University of North Dakota, where he earned his MFA, to his current home in Winnipeg, Canada, where he is full-time visual artist—Akinbolaji sees art as one connected journey. "In my work, I reveal the colors and patterns that lie beneath the covering layers of paint," he says. "My art technique emphasizes the character of my visual narratives, my journey, my experience and my imagination in a personal and unique way." Though paint may be Yisa Akinbolaji's first material of choice, "I do not just paint; I create using paint," says the artist.
Jennifer M. Wood, Art Business News, New York 2011.
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“was feeling a bit down this morning, for no particular reason... went for a long walk, dunno what possessed me but I popped into the art gallery and came across the artwork of Nigerian painter (now Winnipeger) Yisa Akinbolaji. His artwork lit a flame within me! Inspired me!! Totally lifted my spirits and bitch-slapped any negativity out of me. Lol! I was in awe. Amazing how art can have that effect! Love his artwork - I am an instant fan!!!"
Artist Yisa Akinbolaji was honoured at the Senate in Feb.:
Canadian Hon. Senator Patricia Bovey presented an account of one of the paintings by Yisa Akinbolaji, “Stolen Identities” and recognized the artist in the parliament chambers on February 27, 2019. Please, enjoy the audio by clicking. For the full text click the blue link below:
Canadian Senator, Hon. Patricia Bovey, Canadian art historian and former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria attended the opening of exhibition by Yisa Akinbolaji, 'Who is In and Who is Out', at the MHC Gallery, in WInnipeg, May 3, 2019.
Yisa with Dr. Leo Mol and Paula Leighton.
You are welcomed to "Who is In and Who is Out" collection. It is my hope that you will enjoy the development of my unique painting process. It is also my hope that this exhibition will particularly cause you to reflect, to question and think about the important issues facing the world. Countries decide who is allowed in and who is kept out. They all decide who and what is protected and who and what is left at risk. So, whether it's human trafficking victims in Africa and Asia, the injustice against the indigenous women and girls in North America or our increasingly polluted environment, I hope my exhibition motivates you to explore the world of Who is In and Who is Out, so that we can all contribute to make our world a better place for everyone.
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P A I N T I N G - P R I N T M A K I N G - I N S TA L L A T I O N S
CANADIAN SENATE HONOURING
YISA AKINBOLAJI AND CHANTAL GIBSON
"As an artist, I have an obligation to shine a bright light and document what is missing in a society, so we can work together and make the world a better place for everyone." Yisa Akinbolaji
Senator Patricia Bovey, centre, and Senate Curator Tamara Dolan, right, assist with the installation of Stolen Identities - a painting by Nigerian-Canadian artist Yisa Akinbolaji - in the Senate of Canada Building on Friday, September 18, 2020.