Under the Influence
Born in Nigeria, Abé Odedina lives and works in London and Salvador, Brazil. A practising architect, he began to paint when he fell under the spell of the magical popular arts of Bahia and Haiti. He paints with acrylic on plywood. The paintings are flat, bold and witty, ordered without the aid of perspective or concern for the laws of gravity, engendering a mythical interpretation of the world.
“Every time I look at an Abé Odedina painting, I smile” – Mona Lisa