YUSUF, Abdul Fatai Adesina

Address: 63 Tokunbo Street, Lagos. Birth: November 12, 1943, in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. Training: BAin fine arts, Ahmadu BelloUniversity, 1972,specializing in painting; postgraduate diploma in art gallery and museum studies, University of Manchester, England, 1983. Profile:Full name, Abdul Fatai Adesina Yussuff; art teacher, Anglican Boys Grammar School, Lagos, 1972-1973; cultural officer, Federal Ministry of Culture, Lagos, 1973-1986; visited Russian museums and galleries, 1974; organized Nigerian art exhibition in Bucharest, Romania, 1976; Nigeria's Exhibition Commissioner, Fourth Indian Triennial of Contemporary World Art, 1978,and Fifth Indian Triennial, New Delhi 1982; assisted in establishing National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, 1981; freelance artist and managing director/ principal consultant, Nigerarts-Ajak Gallery Company and Artbay-S Nigeria, Lagos, from 1986. Member: Society of Nigerian Artists. Solo Exhibitions "Exhibitionof Oil Paintings by Shina Yussuff,"Goethe Institute, Lagos,January 1627, 1974. "Sina Yussuff, Oil Paintings and Imi-Bronze ReliefPanels," Goethe Institute, Lagos, October 6-20, 1976. Goethe Institute, Lagos, 1979. "Sina Yussuff, Oil Paintings and Imi-BronzeReliefs," National Theatre, Lagos, June 1979. "Tenth Solidra Award Nite," Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, December, 1989. Group Exhibitions Students of the Department of Fine Arts, Ahmadu BelloUniversity, Zaria; Lagos, ca.1974. "Nigerian Traditional and Contemporary Art," Bucharest, Romania, 1976. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, October 2-9, 1976. FESTAC'77, Lagos, 1977. "Exhibitionof Worksby Contemporary NigerianArtists," National Theatre, Lagos, September 4-9, 1977. "Exhibition of Nigerian Traditional and Contemporary Art," Lagos, 1978. Fourth Indian Triennial of Contemporary World Art, New Delhi, India, 1978. "National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 30-October 7, 1978. Nigerian Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1979. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Dakar, Senegal, November 25December 7, 1980. Society of Nigerian Artists, Goethe Institute, Lagos, February 1981. Fifth Indian Triennial, New Delhi, India, March-April 1982. "Ausstellung Nigerianische Kunst der Gegenwart," Bonn, Germany, August 9-18, 1982. "Exhibition of Nigerian Contemporary Art," Islamabad, Pakistan, 1983. "Offerings from the Gods," NationalTheatre, Lagos,June-July1985. "Silver Jubilee National Art Exhibition," National Theatre, Lagos, September 26October 1, 1985. "Man in Focus," National Theatre, Lagos, December 20, 1985-January10, 1986. "1stMasters Art Exhibition," Continental Merchant BankNigeria, Lagos, November 17-27, 1987. "Towards a Greater Nation," Italian Cultural Institute, Lagos, December 5-19, 1987. "Silver Jubilee Exhibition," Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, December 2-5, 1987; National Museum, Lagos, December 1987. "Creative Search I," Jiraj Art Gallery, Lagos, June 1988. "Reflections: An Art Exhibition of the Society of Nigerian Artists," National Theatre, Lagos, December 16-30, 1988. "Unity Through Art," National Museum, Lagos, July 21-28, 1990. "Images of the Nigerian Nation," National Theatre, Lagos, September 29-October 13, 1990. Commissions Murals, concrete, facade of the Oyo State Cultural Centre, Ibadan, 1977. Medallions, bronzed fiberglass, Federal Government of Nigeria for African Development Bank Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote dTvoire, 1978. Bell, cast bronze, Federal Government of Nigeria for the Assembly of International Banner of Peace, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1982. Painting and other decorations, Abuja Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, 1989. Mural, "Preaching for the Heights," Werna Bank, Lagos, 1990. Paintings, Headquarters Building, EconomicCommission for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Emblem, National Youth Service Corps, 1973. Writings by the Artist "The Debut of Dele Jegede," Nigeria Magazine (Lagos) 114:15-21, 1974. illus. Awards & Honors Ahmadu Bello University prize in painting, 1972; winner, national art competition for the design of Nigeria's NationalYouthService Corps emblem, 1973; third prize, national art competition for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, 1978; honorary Islamic title, "Giwa Addeen," (Leader of Religion), Ikanigbo Muslim Community, Ijebu-Ode, 1988; Tenth Solidra Award, for "excellence, devotion and continued active participation in the promotion of Nigeria's visual arts," 1989. Public Collections Dodan Barracks, Lagos. Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India. National Galleryof Modern Art, Lagos. Oil paintings: "Home-Coming I," "Animal Kingdom," "Home-Coming II," "Yoruba Chief," "Bata," "Sango," "Harvest," "Dr. Alvan Ikoku," "Nana of Itsekiri Koko," and "Kano Dyepits."
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