Behind the façade series by Toyin Loye
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Behind the façade series 2020

Toyin Loye

PaperMixed mediaPaint
95 ⨯ 65 cm
Price on request

Okker Art Gallery

  • About the artwork
    Toyin was born in 1959 in Ijebu Jesa, Nigeria as a member of a traditional royal house. He started painting in the late 1970’s and studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife.
    His paintings reflect mythology, philosophy and religion. His use of colors, motifs, patterns and representations is influenced by the ceremonies and festivals of Africa.

    His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Nigeria, Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Germany, Spain, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. Toyin was commissioned by FIFA along with Andreas Gursky, Luo Brothers, Markus Lupetz and others to create the official Art Poster for the Germany 2006 World Cup. He lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • About the artist

    Toyin Loye was born 1959 in Nigeria. He studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. Toyin Loye lives and works now in The Hague, the Netherlands


    He is is a representative of the African artistic tradition who portrays his cultural heritage in his work. Each and every element in the work of Toyin Loye has a specific significance. His cheerful animals and masked human figures are attributes of his culture. They are symbols of the Yoruba people to which he belongs. This is also reflected in his poetry, which is often integrated in his paintings. He has even moved further by experimenting with photographs and carved papers.


    Toyin Loye studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Nigeria, Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Germany, Spain, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. Toyin was commissioned by FIFA along with Andreas Gursky, Luo Brothers, Markus Lupetz and others to create the official Art Poster for the Germany 2006 World Cup. He lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.
    Exhibitions


    2019 Art New York
    2019 KunstRai, Amsterdam
    2019 Art Karlsruhe
    2019 AAF Brussels, London, New York, Hampstead, Hamburg, Amsterdam
    2018 Palm Beach Modern+Contemporary With Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2018 Art Karlsruhe, Germany With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2016 Scope Basel, Miami With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits
    2015 Art The Hague With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits
    2015 AAF Maastricht, Amsterdam,Brussels,Hamburg With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2015 Art Cape Town , 1:54 New York, Jo’burg Art Fair With ARTCO Gallery, Aachen DE
    2015 Art Rotterdam With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2015 Art.Fair Cologne With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2015 Art Karlsruhe, Germany With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2015 KunstRai Amsterdam With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2014 Paper Art Cologne With Galerie Chiefs & Spirits, The Hague
    2013 ART2013 Art&Antique Fair Utrecht
    2013 Affordable Art Fair Brussel, Hamburg
    2013 Artlease, Ede My Story expo
    2012 Franck Schlag & Cie Galerie Essen, Germany
    2011 Galerie Open Art Borken, Duitsland
    2010 Artco Galerie Herzogenrath, Germany
    2006 Goethe Institute Madrid, Oslo, Seoul, New York
    2006 Conny Dietzschold Gallery Sydney
    2006 Galerie Andere Wereld/Katuin Gronigen
    2005 Haus der Kultuur der Welt Photo Project, Ueber Beauty, Berlin
    Represented by
    Galerie Chiefs & Spirits The Hague
    Galerie Open Art Borken, Germany
    Artco Galerie Herzogenrath, Germany
    International Exchange


    2005 Art Dept. University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
    2005 Art Dept. University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Commission
    Year Place Type of commission
    2006 FIFA Zwitserland World Cup ARTPOSTER Germany 06
    2005 CMC Utrecht 12 manden Kalender
    2005 Justitia et Pax Den Haag Book cover Millenium Goal
    2002 PriceWaterhouseCooper Utrecht Painting
    1998 Royal Nederland Kunstcollectie: zeefdruk Utrecht Silk screen edition
    1998 OCEN’98 Int.Watercongress Den Haag Zeefdruk edition
    1997 WWF, Nederland Amsterdam Calender 1998
    1997 Terre des Hommes: kaarten Den Haag Art card
    1997 Novib Den Haag Art card
    1996 Van Gennep Amsterdam book cover, Ken Saro Wiwa
    1996 Amnesty International Amsterdam Art card
    work in collection of
    Year Collection Place / Country Type of work
    2006 AZ Leiden Paintings
    2006 FIFA Zwitserland World Cup Art poster
    2004 Africa Museum Berg en Dal Painting
    2004 FMO Den Haag Series Photo
    2004 EnecoNetbeheer Rotterdam series of Paintings
    1997 Osaka Art Museum Osaka, Japan Painting
    Publications
    Year Title publication Publisher / writer/Editor, Place Type
    2012 Aus Afrika Franck Schlag & Cie Galerie Catalogue
    2012 photo Die Welt Article
    2011 Afrika und de kunst Dorina Hecht & Gunter Kawik Book
    2006 Moving Space Chiefs&Spirits, Den Haag Art book
    2006 Europe Africa European Commission, Brussels Group Exposition
    2005 Art News ArtNews, America article
    2004 Toyin Loye Sentinel Poetry, UK article

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