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 ceremonies and festivals of Africa.
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.