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Ade Oyelami was born in Iragbiji, near Osogbo, in the Osun state of Nigeria. He attended both primary and secondary modern school in Iraqbiji between 1964 and 1973. He later enrolled at Adventist Grammar School (Ede) near Osogbo from 1975 until 1980. After his secondary school education, he was introduced to Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, under whose tutelage he learned art. His older brother, Chief Muraina Oyelami, inspired him to pursue a career in artistic endeavors.
After years of art exposure under Chief Jimoh Buraimoh, he established personal work on his own in 1980, choosing Batik cloth as a medium. He is one of the third generations of The Osogbo School of the Arts. He brought Batik and Adrire making into the limelight. In 1987, he ventured into monoprints, drawing from the back, and oil painting, under the tutelage of Mr. Kola Soronke, a well-known artist from Osogbo. Ade Oyelami has participated in several art exhibitions, both locally and internationally, especially in the United States of America. He revolutionized the art of Batik making. He has taken his artwork to many places, participating in one-man shows and displaying his work in group exhibitions.
Mr. Ade Oyalemi has private collections throughout the country. His work can also be found at Lorel Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Gallery Guichard in Chicago and the largest collection at Vivant Art Collection in Philadelphia.
Osogo Steel Rolling Mill (1981)
- American Bizarre in Lagos (1983)
- Saki Club in Kaduna (1984)
- British School in Lagos (1985)
- Mary Porter Season Art Gallery at Porter College in California (1985)
- His work with various artists toured the Council in Denmark (1986)
- Alliance Franchise in Kaduna and Kano (1987)
- A Day in Yorubaland in Seattle WA (1988)
- Group shows in Samana Art Gallery in London (1988-1999)
- Alliance Franchise in Kaduna (1989)
- African Center in London (1990)
- Toured with Tunde Music Group show in mucker-fuck koln & Düsseldorf Germany
- Participated with various artists at Level 2 Art Gallery, with an Atlanta exhibitions (1994)
- Gallery Abayomi in Atlanta, GA (1995)
- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Lautech Ogbomoso Nigeria (1995)
- Richland College: Student programs and resources at Lakeside Gallery in Dallas, TX.
- The University of Texas (1996-1998)
- Africa in Atlanta/Atlanta GA (2001)
- Annual Evanston Ethnic Art Festival/Chicago, IL (1996, 2000, 2006)
- National Black Art Festival (2002 & 2006)
- Gallery Guichard Group of Exhibitions (2006)
- Soloe Exhibit at /Library at Wilmington, DE (2006)
- Vivant Art Collection, Philadelphia, Pa (2009)