Data Oruwari is a Brooklyn based visual artist of Nigerian descent who is a designer and energy healing enthusiast. She is a contemporary sacred artist who creates unique iconographic representations of afro-spiritual identities. She combines draughtsmanship alongside the ancient technique of gilding with 24 karat gold leaf, to create works that illuminate the divine in us all; and seeks to heal and reconnect humanity with spirituality from an African perspective. Her influences include the decorative arts, the visionary art movement, byzantine iconography, and natural law. She has participated in group exhibitions at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio; AMREF ArtBall, New York, White Cloud Gallery, Washington DC, and at SMO Contemporary Art’s Standing Out exhibition at the Wheatbaker, and the Panorama Contemporary Art Fair in Lagos, Nigeria.
Data believes we are all spirits having a human experience, which is why she is drawn to expressing the duality of our existence in connection to the universe. She is also intrigued by the richness of Afro-Indigenous worldviews on themes of cosmology, spirituality and metaphysics.
Her work is inspired by inner worlds, mystical experiences, mythologies, global belief systems and ancient spiritual practices that reveal divine connections to our Creator. Data considers her practice as a doorway to healing and awakened consciousness. With hopes that through her expressions she’s able to not only bring the viewer along with her on this journey of enlightenment, but also restore balance and harmony within their subconscious.