Babajide Olatunji, a self-taught artist who originally trained as a botanist, roots his practice in his study of art historical movements and modes of production. He is best known for a critically acclaimed series of hyper-realistic portraits (Tribal Marks Series I, II and III) that derive from his research into the cultural practice of facial scarification. More recent works include The History of the Yorubas, a series of monumental paintings based on ancient Yoruba creation myths, and Aroko, a more intimate pastel-on-paper series of cryptic Yoruba messages.
Recent exhibitions include Tribal Markings, solo show at TAFETA Project Space, Lagos, 2018; Royal Academy Summer Show (curated section), London, 2017; 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, New York, 2017; SCOPE Basel, Switzerland, 2017; and the Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa, 2017. His works are in private collections in Switzerland, the US, UK, Nigeria and Turkey, and in the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, Michigan.