Working in the emergent tradition of Afro-futurism, Komi Olaf’s surrealistic art bridges cultural divides and speaks of the immigrant's perspective, bringing together disjunctive images with perfect unity in a playfully profound vision of a futuristic diaspora. Olaf pushes his art in wondrous directions, immersing his realistically portrayed characters in mysterious dreamworlds of splendor and soul. Moving beyond reality in striking and luminous detail, he builds his art in acrylic paints on canvas with a richly considered clarity of color and tone. As he serves as a witness to the persistence of beauty within a turbulent world and develops powerfully complex connections, the artist allows his zeal for life to fuel his creative energies.
Born in Kaduna, Nigeria and now living in Toronto, Canada, Olaf discovered his passion for painting while earning his Masters degree in architecture at Carleton University. A driven artist and poet, Olaf won the 2009 Canadian Slam poetry competition and has had his art featured on the cover of TCHAD Quarterly Magazine and in numerous solo and group exhibitions.