Wole Lagunju’s work is associated with Onaism, a contemporary art movement of the Ife Art School dedicated to reimagining the forms and philosophies of traditional Yoruba art and design. His vibrant portraits interrogate themes of post-colonial visual languages and cultural hybridity by liberally pairing these Yoruban art forms such as Gelede masks and indigo adire textiles with a diverse set of Western cultural references. Lagunju was trained in Graphic Design at Obafemi Awolowo University, formerly University of Ife. He was the 2006 recipient of the Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship in African Art and received the Pollock-Krasner Award in 2009. Selected exhibitions include: Navigating Space and Time in African Contemporary and Diasporic Art, The Basement, London (2017); Womanscape: Gender and Sexuality in African Art, University of Texas, Austin (2011); AFRICA NOW!: Emerging Talents from a Continent on the Move, the World Bank Art Program, Washington, D.C. (2008) and Best of Ife, Goethe Institute, Lagos (1997).