Ayo Filade also known as ayo_draws is a Surreal Hyperealistic artist. His works were recently exhibited alongside the works of 9 other artist at the Just concluded Insanity Art exhibition held at Omenka Gallery, Lagos. Read through as he unraveled himself. 


Hello, please introduce yourself?

My name is Ayo Filade (aka ayodraws). I am a graduate from the University of Nottingham, UK. I am 26 years old and I’m from Ipoti-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria.final2

Can you recall when you first realized your interest in art?

I really became aware of my love for art when I was little. I was taught at an early age by my father, God bless him.

Were you born a creative or you nurtured? 

As mentioned earlier, I was not born with it. It was nurtured at an early age and I continued studying art as I went through school until University.

How would you describe your style of creativity?

I would describe my creativity as Surrealistic Hyperrealism, A mixture of hyperrealism and Surrealism. The authenticity of that word is justified as its part of the creative process (smiles).dsc_05381

What inspires your creativity?

My creativity begins from within. I am inspired usually by the workings of the mind; the complexity of it. I am intrigued by the vastness of it, the ability to analyze and to create. I’m also inspired by Nature.

When you create, do you always have a specific message to convey for each creation?


I love to create with a message. This is what art is about. My “InDecisions Series” was inspired by personal experience, so did many other works I’ve done such as “Mi Ayuda” and “Its left to you”. My art speaks my mind, my thoughts, opinions and experience.

What are the challenges you have faced/still face as an Artist in Nigeria?

Most of the challenges were for a purpose, to restrict me from being the artist I wanted to be. Art isn’t all that valued and invested in in Nigeria so I found it difficult finding direction. The investment in the art sector is next to nothing. I once visited a gallery/museum in Ibadan about a year ago (which I never knew existed in the first place); the state of it was appalling.

What do you find fascinating about being an artist?

I find it fascinating that people think artists are the only people with true talents. We are just as fascinated by things we see people do, things we as artists cannot do to save our lives. dsc_0328

What creative medium would you Love to explore but haven’t tried yet?

I’d love to explore paint either acrylic or oil. I love the life it brings to an artwork, if it is used well.

Advice for upcoming Creatives?

Never think you’re “there”. There’s always something to create. Never be proud, as there’s a pretty good link between creativity and humility. test3

 What’s the most exciting piece of art you’ve seen, and what were your thoughts on it? 

I once saw a hyperrealistic painting by Kamalky Laureano. The sheer size of it was scary. The fact that it could be done gave me lots of encouragement and excitement.

What song title best represents you as an artist? 

6 Words by Wretch 32. dsc_0324

What would you consider your ‘Muse’?

Anything or anyone or any situation can be my muse. Life itself is a muse.

If you had to pick one artist to collaborate with, who would it be? 

I would pick Kamalky Laureano


Follow Ayo on his creative journey @Ayo_draws




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