Masking masquerade

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OLABAYO OLANIYI
Masking masquerade, performance art, 2000

Olabayo Olaniyi, from a royal family and a long line of artists and performers from Oshogbo, Nigeria, has been apprenticed since his youth as an artist, drummer, and dancer in Nigeria. He received his BFA from the College of Santa Fe and his MFA at the University of Iowa. He has written, directed, and produced his own Yoruba theatre, and has seen great success in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Nigeria. His resumé includes: 12 international solo and 20+ group exhibitions; hundreds of lectures and workshops ranging from Yoruba art and philosophy to story-telling, drumming, dance, and theatre, to batique, beadwork, etching and sculpture presented at grade schools, high schools, universities, museums, and art and culture fairs world-wide. He has been an artist-in-residence in Santa Fe, NM, St. Thomas, VI, and the National Black Theatre in Harlem. He has been featured in 50 press articles and is a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships

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