Idowu Oluwaseun (born Oluwaseun Idowu 1982) is a Nigerian contemporary artist who works primarily with acrylic paint, but also uses oil, watercolor, charcoal, and pastel. His work is based on the idea of conceptual expression that uses realism as a powerful tool to illustrate a narrative. Idowu uses social commentary as a tool for introspection. His visuals are acutely political and direct in their criticism of government, lifestyles, and cultures.
Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Idowu began creating art at an early age drawing his favorite cartoon characters, just to have them close to him. He was a fortunate as his parents encouraged his curiosity and self-expression. During his secondary school education, Idowu was an active art student and engaged in a one-year apprenticeship with a local Lagos artist Lee Mondo before entering college.
Idowu attended Yaba College of Technology (Lagos) where he studied painting. During his final year, he particpated in an art workshop (Art Work Chop) organized by German-based Nigerian artist Chidi Kwubiri and the Goethe Institut Lagos. As a result of the workshop, Idowu was offered an exhibition at the Goethe Institut in Lagos. Two artists from that exhibit, Peter Uka and Idowu, were invited by Goethe institute and Chidi Kwubiri to a cultural exchange at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf (Germany).
While at the Kunstakademie, Idowu participated in numerous group shows and had his first solo show in Mettmann, Germany. After college in Germany, he relocated and now lives in Houston, Texas, where he continues to explore the boundaries’ of his chosen medium and exhibit his works.