Ayo Akinwande was born in Lagos and studied Architecture at Covenant University in Nigeria. In his journey to creative freedom, he found expression in the art of photography and has since sought to expound his expressive and thematic scope. He is inquisitive about everyday life and his work focuses on the performative possibilities of everyday life; drawing his pops from the same palette. He strives to recreate surreal experiences which he believes through keen observation can be traced in memory and reality. He addresses social issues with the use of satire, while holding a light to interpersonal relationships.
In 2015, he had two solo exhibitions with titles; “Women of Africa” in Athens, Greece and “Boju Boju” in Lagos Nigeria. Ayo was also part of the “What’s Inside Her Never Dies” group exhibition at the Yeelen gallery in Miami, USA. The same show was also featured at the 2015 Art Basel Miami.
He is one of the 15 photographers listed by the Nlele Institute’s talent barometer for the year 2016. Ayo lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.