Toyin Loye

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Toyin Loye Toyin was born in 1959 in Ijebu Jesa, Nigeria as a member of a traditional royal house. He started painting in the late 1970’s and studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife. His paintings reflect mythology, philosophy and religion. His use of colors, motifs, patterns and representations is influenced by the

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His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Nigeria, Senegal, Argentina, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Germany, Spain, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands. Toyin was commissioned by FIFA along with Andreas Gursky, Luo Brothers, Markus Lupetz and others to create the official Art Poster for the Germany 2006 World Cup. He lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.


He is is a representative of the African artistic tradition who portrays his cultural heritage in his work. Each and every element in the work of Toyin Loye has a specific significance. His cheerful animals and masked human figures are attributes of his culture. They are symbols of the Yoruba people to which he belongs. This is also reflected in his poetry, which is often integrated in his paintings. He has even moved further by experimenting with photographs and carved papers.

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