Alimi Adewale is a painter and sculptor who explores urban issues and the lives of everyday people in cities. His portraits, landscapes and nudes combine elements of minimalism and abstraction to evoke the movement and intensity of the cosmopolitan environment. In 2016, Adewale participated in the Konstepidemins residency in Sweden, and in 2017 he was an artist-in-residence at Miliki in Lagos. He has held recent exhibitions at Galleri Astley Uttersberg in Sweden and Alara in Lagos.
In his Socialites series, Adewale creates mixed media canvases using pieces of aso-oke cloth to reflect on the lifestyle of Nigerian socialites and contemporary notions of glamour in the entertainment industry. Adewale has also created a new series of wooden head sculptures, exploring his interest in the anonymous human form.