I, Bayo Iribhogbe, was born and educated as an artist in Edo State in the Federal Republic of NIGERIA. Today, I have developed into painting about people en masse, and saturated with colors and emotions.
Edo, in western world, is known as Benin. The people are for centuries, world famous for their cult art. Benin bronze pieces have been museum and collector items for years. I grew up in that environment; but until I was 12, I did not realize the importance of my creative tendency.
My formal education was roughly saturated with tribal and colonial disciplines. One of my brightest moments was at the elementary school level when I used to illustrate on the board for my class teachers. I studied at home successfully for a college degree equivalency (GCE). With that paper in hand and continued work in art studies I was accepted at Ahmadu Bello University at Zaria. Subsequently, my talent for art began to develop very rapidly. After getting my first degree, my personal interest for continue growth in Nigeria appeared elusive. The country was already in internal crisis. By stroke of luck, I came to the US where I began to gain stability externally.
Day by day the artist in me was growing but not coming out. Up 'til about 1991, my works were few and far between but, somehow I was laying a foundation for my future themes.
Always accompanied with my native music, I paint about us, from our weaknesses to our fortitudes and vice versa. I feel the same spirit that drives us into what we go through everday. Every piece I produce has that human touch that keeps the viewer engaged (The more you look, the more you see.) Today, I do not need to draw or sketch to establish an idea; I could literally see images dangling before my eyes. When my emotions are expressed that way, I feel a fresh shower of relief.