In an exclusive interview with the Pulse team, let' get to know a bit more of this fascinating artist, Ayo Filade.
Filade refers to his style as a mixture of the art movements and he uses only pencil to create this hyper-realistic drawings that look almost too real and alive than not.
In an exclusive interview with the Pulse team, Filade tells the team that his major challenge is thinking of how much I have to draw as an artist.
Let's meet Ayo Filade.
I remember I started holding on to a pencil and drawing right from a tender age. My father was an artist and I grew up learning several skills as I grew up.
I pursue themes that explore the state of mind, human interactions, and many themes which try to bring to life the deep ideas that are surreal. My aim is to make the viewer see them as though they were right in front of them. I call it Surrealistic Hyper-realism.
Art means life to me. I have always felt the need to bring my imaginations to life. There has always been a void within me which I thank God I was able to fill with my works.
I have been inspired by many things, nature, life, events, and culture.
My goal is to explore the unexplored and to share as many ideas as I physically can through my artworks in my lifetime.
I plan to hold several exhibitions Also I want to be able to show other upcoming artists that there is no limit to what you can create, no matter the medium. You just have to put mind to task.
Short supply of materials. But then again, that is really not much of an excuse. Materials are everywhere.
I think we have beautifully talented artists that create great artworks. Sad that most of them and their works will probably go undiscovered.
There are always several ideas at any given time. However I create with demand, meaning how inclined I am to the theme.
It is a lucrative business when you are discovered. To blame the economy will be a waste of time in this digital age.
Most of my materials come from online stores across the world (UK, US, China, Italy etc). It is a worthy investment.
They are quite affordable for the right audience.
Yes, I have many years ago but I recently exhibited at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos with several other artists as part of the Insanity Exhibition (Sponsored by FROT Foundation).
I cannot list them all! The major challenge I face is usually thinking of how much I have to draw! But I chose this, so I have to do the work. I always say "there are no valid excuses for not doing the work you are made to do"
I see myself as a happy artist and an established Godly man.