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Asiru Olatunde

Asiru Olatunde (1922-1993) was a Nigerian artist who was trained as a blacksmith and began making pieces of jewelry in the 1960s.  The artist later started to work on larger panels of copper followed by aluminum and used the technique repousse metalwork to depict scenes. His subject matter included Yoruba stories and myths as well as Biblical stories combined with local folklore.  The Garden of Eden is a recurring theme in his work. The artist later gained a degree of notoriety with an exhibition at the IMF headquarters in Washington. His work is currently in the collection of the Smithsonian Institute.


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