Adeyinka Joel Akingade (born 1981) studied Art at the Yaba College of Technology (Yaba Tech) in Lagos and graduated in 2008. He has had a close relationship with SMO Contemporary Arts ever since he interned with Sandra Obiago as an art student at Yaba Tech. Obiago has observed that since they first met in 2005 his work has evolved “from realistic sketches, to painting like the masters, to slowly finding his own personality and expression in perforated perspectives.”
As well as having gained recognition as an artist he runs successful graphic design business. His profession and his training in classical art have birthed his maturity and identity as an artist. He has committed himself to sharing this gift by offering training to young people with creative sensibilities and busy professional commitments. His works are cool and cutting-edge whilst at the same time classically and carefully executed with a meticulous understanding of color and form.