Artist Bio

Raoul Olawale da Silva

Raoul Olawale da Silva


Raoul Da Silva (born 1969) is an artist of Nigerian and Swiss origin. He grew up in Lagos and began his artistic journey at the Nigerian National Museum in Onikan where he attended summer art classes as a child. After his childhood schooling in Lagos he engaged in four years of an in-depth apprenticeship in cabinet making before completing an arts degree at the School of Applied Arts in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Da Silva has been described as “an artist with a deep history, multi-layered perspective, and wonderful shy sensibility.” He is a person with deep experiences and passions; including his dedication as a snow boarder and surfer. These interests have nourished his connection with nature and commitment to environmentalism. His works range from colourful and large canvas pieces to highly political outdoor installations. In 2013 he produced an outdoor beach sculpture using materials found on the beach, the installation was a statement against the environmental degradation of the Lagos coastline and was created with the help of youth living around the Taqua bay area in Lagos.


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