Alimi Adewale was born on 8th May 1974 and he studied mechanical engineering in Ilorin, Nigeria. He later developed his knowledge and interest in art by going to various art workshops.
Alimi mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures cultivate the experiential function of art compared to the traditional African sculptures. Alimi incorporates elements of minimalism and abstraction to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre.
In 2012 Alimi exhibited Anonymous, a charity exhibition for the Ebun Oluwa. The foundation is a humanitarian organization and has been offering hope in various homes and centers. The home also provides assistance to abandoned children who are physically and mentally challenged.
Alimi Adewale has exhibited in the US, Europe and Africa.
1986: Graduated from Saint Mathias Primary School Agbowo Ibadan.
1987: Abadina College University of Ibadan
1988: Enrolled into Ansar-ur Deen Grammar School Randle Avenue Lagos
1994: Attended Ilorin to Study Mechanical Engineering
2000: Art Workshop with Kamoru Sarumi, Lagos
2002: National Youth Service Corps, Enugu
2018: Sculpture Workshop at Florence Studio, Florence
2019: Stone carving Workshop at Lucy Churchill Stone, York UK
RESIDENCY / WORKSHOPS
2015: 2 months residency galleri astely Uttersberg 11, 739 92 Skinnskatteberg, Sweden
2016: Konstepidemins Artist in residence väg 6, 413 14 Göteborg, Sweden
2017: Artist in Residence at MILIKI LAGOS
2018: Sculpture Workshop Florence Studio, Florence
2019: Stone Carving Workshop with Lucy Churchill, York
2019: Artist in Residence Galleri Astley Sweden
2005: First Solo Art Exhibition titled African Ancient Rhythms and Hues Quintessence gallery Lagos
2011: Sublime Exhibition at Quintessence gallery
2012 June: Anonymous Exhibition, Charity exhibition for the Ebunoluwa Foundation Quintessence Gallery Falomo Lagos
2012 June: Nigeria Now Exhibition 34 Limpopo Street FCT Abuja
2012 July: [Dis] Placement – Two-man Exhibition Terra Kulture Tiamiyu savage VI Lagos. Alimi Adewale and Richardson Ovievbo
2013 march: Naked Butterflies an Online Solo Art Exhibition. First of its kind in Africa.
2013 July: World Bank Art Exhibition. Abuja
2013 November: Group Show ” The Shadow of Memory” Ake and Book festival.
2014 August: Joburg Art Fair, Red Door gallery Lagos
2014 September: ECLECTIC, Solo Art Exhibition Quintessence Gallery Lekki Lagos
2015 August: Connections – Two-man Exhibition Adeola Balogun and Alimi Adewale at Pumhuset Trollhatan Sweden.
2015 September: Connections II – Two-man Exhibition after one-month residency at Galleri Astley Uttersberg Sweden, featuring Adeola Balogun and Alimi Adewale
2015 September: Megalopolis – Solo Art Exhibition at Just Africa Sodermalmstorg Stockholm.
2015 November: Divergence – Solo Art Exhibition at Alara Lagos Nigeria
2016 May: Butterflies over the City- Solo Exhibition at OM’s Flat- The Alternative Space for the Arts
2016 November: Restrictions- Solo Art Exhibition at Galleri Astley Uttersberg 11, 739 92 Skinnskatteberg Sweden
2017 January Alimi Adewale Painting | Serigraph Konstforum Saltängsgatan 19, 602 22 Norrköping, Sweden
2017 March Restrictions exhibition JUST AFRICA Stockholm Södermalmstorg 4, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
2017 June URBAN EXPERIENCE Salon Exhibition Xavier Place Ocean Parade, Building M Flat 12.2, Banana Island/Lagos
2017 October Art X Arthouse contemporary
2018 March’SPRAWLING CITIES’ RETROAFRICA: The Exhibition Pavillion, beside the International Conference Centre, Central Area, Herbert Macaulay Way Abuja
2018 March ‘Defying Sameness’ Salon Arnaud & Adeline Berthet Place 17 Olu Holloway road Flat B7-2 Ikoyi Lagos.
2018 May, 1:54 Art Fair Retroafrica gallery New York
2018 October: Diamond in the Rough’ Salon Show Ontario Canada
2018 October: Heroine Project, Online art exhibition Artyrama Lagos
2018 November: Artx Lagos
2019 March: Becoming a person of Texture Lagos
2019 July: New Sculpture and Painting – i konstmuseet, grafikrummet Galleri Astley Sweden
2019 September: A Journey into Contemporary African Art- Group Show
April 2017: Meet the Artist Banana Island School.
April 2016: Banana Island Schools Recycling Art Project
March 2016: Quintessence Art Workshop
December 2014: Little Treasures & Graffiti Quintessence gallery Lagos
May 2014: Little Giant Paintings: Workshop with the Banana Island School
June 2012: Anonymous, Ebun Oluwa foundation charity show Quintessence Lagos
June 2012: Anonymous, A charity exhibition for the Ebunoluwa Foundation,
2014: Nigerwives Braille Book Production Centre
December 2014: St. Saviour schools Ikoyi Fund raising exhibition
December 2014: Little treasure, A charity exhibition for the Eruobodo House
Alimi’s works is in major private collections in Nigeria, Africa and also in various collections in the US, Europe, India and the Middle East