Dotun Popoola Nigerian, b. 1981
Dotun, born in Nigeria in 1981, is a synergetic metal sculptor who has carved a niche for himself with his hyper realistic monumental metal sculptures. He holds a National Diploma in painting and General Arts in Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi Edo State, where he graduated as the best student in painting and general arts in the institution in 2004. He had his first and second degree in Fine and applied arts with a specialization in sculpture and painting respectively in Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Dotun trained in many art studios, and he is a certified hybrid metal sculptor; a resident artist in Lemmon South Dakota, at John Lopez studio, United States of America. Dotun won the Director General’s Award of Best Artist of the year in the maiden NYSC arts competition in 2009.
He featured in 2018 at West Africa International Art Fair “ARTX Lagos” he represented Nigeria at the maiden scrap art exhibition in Qatar 2019 and Global Art Festival in Gujarat India 2020. Dotun has participated in twenty-nine group exhibitions, fourteen joint, and four solo exhibitions. He is passionate about touching lives through his artistic and leadership skills; turning trash to treasures, rubbish to rubies. Dotun facilitates art workshops for students, professionals, NGO’s, healthcare
Dotun continues to provide landmark mentoring opportunities for Professional development for local and International artists in his studio in South-West Nigeria. His Immense contribution to the growth of Art globally has been featured in over 40 newspaper publications and TV stations both locally and internationally. This includes the New York Times and Al Jazeera.