Jelili Atiku is a Nigerian multimedia artist with political concerns for human rights and justice. Through drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video and performance art, he strives to help viewers understand the world and expand their understanding and experiences, so that they can activate and renew their lives and environments.
Since 2008, he has been involved in an ongoing performance project, In the Red, which uses red as a symbol of life, suffering, danger and violence. In 2008/2009, his performance video, Victim of Political Assassination was showcased in the Video Library section of Rencontres Internationales in Paris, Berlin and Madrid. He also featured in the Geisai #12 Contemporary Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan (2009), 16th Festival International D’Art Video de Casablanca, Morocco (2009), Old News #6, Malmo, Lagos and Copenhagen (2009/2010) and Freedom to Create Prize, Singapore (2009).
Born on 27th September, 1968 in Ejigbo (Lagos), Nigeria, Atiku was trained at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria and University of Lagos, Nigeria, where he was awarded Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) and Master of Arts (Visual Arts) respectively. He is presently teaching sculpture in Department of Art and Industrial Design, Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos, Nigeria.