Julius Agbaje | Nigeria
Julius Agbaje was born in 1992 in Nigeria.
He is a graduate of Painting from the distinguished Yaba College of Technology. Originally a computer engineering undergraduate, he went on to pursue a career in Visual Art in a bid to engage his community more directly
His search for a unique language of expression has seen him explore a number of techniques over the past few years. The popular phrase “Art as a tool for change” is not just a fancy phrase, for him it is the dogma that drives his entire creative practice, whether in his artworks or in his writings.
Julius’s works take on specific issues of personal, socio-political and religious inclination. In an attempt to create engaging conversations, he infuses elements of humour as well as symbolic references as metaphors to reel in his audience, while addressing issues which he finds interesting or important, making his works satirical and educative. He thinks of his art as a journal that documents his transition through life, his connections and interactions with other humans and human activities.
In his recent explorations, the compositions typically feature him in different poses, at the center of specific human activities as are peculiar to his choice of context.
In 2017, he joined the Arts in Medicine Fellowship Nigeria (an NGO that was created to positively transform the healthcare experience in Nigeria and across Africa through the integration of art in its diverse forms) as a volunteer. In 2018, he was honoured by US Consul General, John Bray with an award as Outstanding Fellow at the US Consulate in Lagos for his contribution towards the development of arts in health in Nigeria. He was made Artistic Director for the Fellowship in 2019, where he led a team of over hundred volunteers in facilitating diverse hospital visits and bedside art activities, engaging both in and out-patients as well as mentoring medical practitioners in specific kinds of therapeutic art.
His works have been exhibited both locally and internationally. Afriuture (2018, Canada), 1st Nigerian Cultural Day (2019, Germany), Next of Kin II (2019, Lagos), Pride (London), Oreze VI (2017, Onitsha) and so on. In execution, he explores diverse mediums, namely acrylic, charcoal, watercolours, oils and pastels.