- Dotun Popoola is a Nigerian artist who builds artistic life-sized art pieces out of scrap metal
- For his remarkable artworks, the man who lives in Ile-Ife has been recognised both home and abroad
- Dotun recently spoke about himself and also revealed the inspiration behind his works
Nigeria's Dotun Popoola is one man that has stood out as an example of an phenomenal artist. Due to the excellence of his artworks, he has been recognised both locally and internationally.
The artist recently spoke about himself in a recent correspondence. As it appears, Dotun who lives in Ile-Ife, Osun state, is 35 years old. He has a university diploma in painting, general arts and sculpture.
He started using junk metal to build art pieces in 2016. His works are now displayed in various exhibitions across the world.
With regards to his artwork, Dotun Popoola had this to say: "Most of my sculptures have inspirations and philosophies that guide them. And oftentimes, when I am done with a sculpture, I try to create a philosophy around it that will tell a social story or a folktale."
Dotun also weighed in on Nigerian art in general: "People are now picking up Nigerian art and appreciating the history, the content, the technicalities in the work and the philosophies in Nigerian art. So I feel the response has really changed drastically."
Recently, a Nigerian female artist named Toyin Ojih Odutola sold an artwork of hers for N215 million. That she could scrap such amount of money from a work of art has surprised many Nigerians.
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