Tunde Odunlade

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Born (1954-11-26) November 26, 1954 (age 69)
  • Artist
  • Actor
  • Musician

Tunde Odunlade (born 26 November, 1954), is a Nigerian artist, actor, and musician known for his Batik art tapestry and designs.[1] He specialises in textile arts, and floatography.[2][3] He is a member of the Visual Artists Network of the United States of America (VAN) and a frequent participant at the National Conference of Artists, New York. He was a performing actor with the Nigeria Cultural Troupe during FESTAC 77. He lives in Ibadan, the southern western part of Nigeria.

Early History and Career

Babatunde Samuel Odunlade was born on 26 November 1954 in Iremo, Ile-Ife, where he spent his childhood[2].He met Yemi Adeyemi, a member of the Osogbo school of arts, and began his career in early 1970 as a second generation artist of the school of art. He also attended the Oguntimehin Art-workshop at the University of Ife in 1973[4]. Tunde uses traditional techniques through a unique batik appliqué process on textiles. He also developed a style which he calls floatograph, his art draws from Yoruba people, culture and life in Nigeria with speciality in batiks, linocut, and woodcut prints. He was an artist-in-residence (1978-1987), at Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

He served as artistic director at the Toki Memorial Arts Centre, Ibadan in 1989, He also founded International Campaign for Better Arts and Cultural Awareness (ICBACA).

In December 2020, he established the Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions in Ibadan, Oyo state.[5]


His works has been exhibited within Nigeria and internationally, including:[6][7][8][9][10][11]

  • Federal Government College Sokoto, 1978, 1980, 1981.
  • Bakolori Dam Project, Talata, Mafara, Sokoto, 1978.
  • Education Center, Ministry of Education, Maiduguri. 1981 – 1982.
  • 27 January – 20 March 1999 "New Colours from Old Worlds: Contemporary Art from West Africa" October Gallery, London
  • 24 March – 8 May 1999. "Beauty Ravishes Me All Over Wherever I Find It." October Gallery, London
  • Feb – April 2010. "Dreaming Between Worlds." Hammonds House Museum Atlanta, GA.
  • October 2011. "Art as a Tool for Nation Building." Nigerian High Commission, Ottawa, Canada
  • July – August 2011. "New York Summer Show 2011". Corrine Jennings Gallery, New York, NY
  • December 2012. Lagos Art Expo. National Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
  • February to April 2012. City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, Connecticut.


  1. "Indigo Arts Gallery". Indigo Arts. Retrieved 2020-10-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ODUNLADE, Tunde". Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation. 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2020-10-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Tunde Odunlade's "Music Lesson"". Smithsonian Music. 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  4. "Tunde Odunlade". Tunde Odunlade. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  5. "Odunlade Returns Ibadan to Cultural Roots". The News Nigeria.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Converging Paths". City Lights, Bridgeport, CT. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  7. "Moonlight Entertainment – Works – National Museum of African Art - Smithsonian Institution". africa.si.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  8. Utilisateur, Super. "Exhibition: Tunde Odunlade's Oju'nu Agba Oye at the Museum of the Institute". ias-ibadan.org. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  9. "Exhibitions". Hammonds House Museum. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  10. "Exhibition Archives 1999". www.octobergallery.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-10-01.
  11. "Unity In Diversity". Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 2020-10-01.

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