Idowu Oluwaseun (born Oluwaseun Idowu; June 30, 1982) is a Nigerian contemporary artist who works primarily with acrylic paint, but also uses other media; oil, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel among others. His work is based on the idea of conceptual expression that uses realism as a powerful tool to illustrate his message.
Idowu uses social commentary as a tool for introspection. His visual poems are acutely political and direct in their criticism of bad leadership (dictatorship), lifestyle, and culture.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grew up” Pablo Picasso
Born and raised in Lagos, Idowu started creating art at an early age and drew his favorite cartoon characters, just to have them close to him. He was a fortunate child because his parents encouraged his curiosity and self-expression. During his secondary school education, he was an active art student and engaged in a one-year apprenticeship with a local Lagos artist Lee Mondo before entering college.
Idowu attended Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria where he studied painting. During his final year, he took part in an art workshop (Art Work Chop) organized by German-based Nigerian artist Chidi Kwubiri and the Goethe Institut Lagos. The result of the work shop was an exhibition at the Goethe Institut in Lagos. The best two artists (Peter Uka 1st prize, Idowu 2nd prize) were invited by Goethe institute and Chidi Kwubiri to Germany for an intercultural exchange. Chidi kwubiri invited them to his formal school (kunstakademie Duesseldorf) where they met with Prof. Tal. R. Idowu studied at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf and graduated with “Meister Schueler” from Prof. Rita McBride.
During his early days at the Kunstakademie, Idowu participated in numerous group shows and had his first solo show in Mettmann, Germany. He also has participated in various shows in Nigeria, Europe, and the United States. After college in Germany, he relocated and now lives in Houston, Texas, where he continues to explore the boundaries’ of his chosen medium and exhibit his works.