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Lamidi Olonade Fakeye (artist)



Lamidi Olonade Fakeye stands between traditional Yoruba artists and academically trained Nigerian artists who are part of the international contemporary art world. A member of a long line of Yoruba wood carvers, Fakeye began his career by serving a three-year apprenticeship in carving. After additional training and extensive travel, He developed a distinctive, personal interpretation of Yoruba woodcarving grounded in traditional techniques and materials. In his works decorative passages on items of clothing or coiffures are set off against the simplified anatomical forms and broad facial planes of the figures.

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Lamidi Olonade Fakeye (1925 – December 25, 2009) was a fifth generation Nigerian sculptor and academic. He was from the Inurin compound of the Isedo Quaters in Ila-Orangun. Professor Lamidi contributed immensely to the growth of sculpture in the whole of the country and even beyond.