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Oresegun Olumide: Why this Nigerian artist is so popular?

Have you seen the hyper realistic paintings of a nigerian artist named Olumide Oresegun? This man from Lagos has had an effect on the world of art.

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The oil paintings of a Nigerian artist have taken over the internet for a last few months. What is so special about them? These drawings look like real photographs!

Olumide Oresegun is a 35-year old artist from Nigerias who believes that his paintings that his works will draw attention to the African world of arts. His love of art began at around 4 years old when he was encouraged by his mother, who provided him with drawing books to practice his skill. Olumide was studying in fine arts with a specialty in painting and graduated from Lagos' Yaba College of Technology in 2006. He participated at his first art exhibition in 2011 at Mybrim Gallery in Ikorodu, Lagos, as well as his second in 2014.

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He has been painting for 10 years, but after posting the photos his Instagram his followers number went from 400 to more than 37,000 subscribers. His paintings also have thousands of sharings in other networks (Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook etc.)

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Since his art went viral, he has received many international inquiries about his work and from many Nigerian galleries and collectors in his hometown of Lagos.
Currently, his work sells for between 200,000 and 500,000 naira ($1,000-$2,500). He hopes the momentum from social media will continue to bring attention to his art and the people of Africa.

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“I want my name to be a household name in Nigeria and in the whole world entirely,” says Oresegun. “Something great is coming out of Africa.”

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