ARTISTCHIEF JIMOH BURAIMOH

Jimoh Buraimoh’s works merge Western media and Yoruba style and motif. Jimoh Buraimoh is credited to being Africa’s first head painter when in 1964; he made a contemporary art form inspired by the Yoruba tradition of incorporating beadwork designs into ceremonial fabrics and beaded crowns

Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, born as Jimoh Adetunji Buraimoh is a Nigerian painter and artist. Chief Buraimoh is one of the most influential artist to emerge from the 1960s workshops conducted by Ulli and Georgina Beier in Osogbo, Osun state, Nigeria. Since then, he has become one of the well known artists from Osogbo.

Jimoh Buraimoh was born in Osogbo in the year 1943. He attended the 1960’s workshops conducted by Ulli. He also was a lightning technician in Duro Ladipo’s theater.

Jimoh Buraimoh’s works merge Western media and Yoruba style and motif. Jimoh Buraimoh is credited to being Africa’s first head painter when in 1964; he made a contemporary art form inspired by the Yoruba tradition of incorporating beadwork designs into ceremonial fabrics and beaded crowns. In 1972, he represented Nigeria in the First All African Trade Fair in Nairobi, Kenya. One of his famous paintings was presented in World Festival of Black Arts. He was the first Nigerian to be awarded a membership in the Contemporary World Association of Mosaic Artists.

Jimoh’s works have been exhibited both home and abroad. He is also an efficient teaching artist. In 1974, he taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He also taught at the University of Bloomington and other schools in New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

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