Biography

Adéwálé Adénlé has over 25 years experience exhibiting his paintings/drawings in 4 continents, executing public mural projects, and working as a political cartoonist/illustrator/art editor with various newspapers in Nigeria, the U.S and Great Britain. This includes The Daily Times, This Day, The Post Express, Back Enterprise Magazine-New York and the London based, New African Magazine. Wálé as he is popularly called, has taught visual art classes in New Orleans public schools and Miami University-Ohio. For two years, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Texas Tech University-Lubbock, TX after which he briefly served as an Assistant Professor of Art at Appalachian State University. As a winner of the 2000 Reuters Foundation (U.K.) News Graphics Award, he had an instructive training at the University of Navarra/Malofiej Workshops in Pamplona, Spain and working experience at Reuters News Graphics Operations in London, U.K.. Wálé obtained his undergraduate degree in Art (Fine Art) from Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria, an M.A in Museum Studies from Southern University in New Orleans, and a terminal MFA degree in Painting/Drawing from Miami University-Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of “Mixed feelings”, a 15-year celebration/collection of his socio-political satires, published in 1999. Between 2002 and 2004, he was hired by WON MURALS INC. where he worked on the massive wall murals for the Philadelphia International Airport, PA and the Aurora Community Center, Colorado. In 2009, he was commissioned by the City of New Orleans to create a 8ft. x 12ft high relief cast bronze sculpture, depicting the 18th Century slaves gathering, known as “Congo Square”. The sculpture is currently installed in Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans. In mid 90’s, 'Wálé’s acerbic and visceral socio-political cartoons/paintings drew the ire of the dictatorial military regimes in Nigeria and eventually contributed to the emergence of democracy in the West African nation. He has also served as a resource person on Yoruba/African culture and tradition at various formal and informal settings in New Orleans, New York, Miami, and Michigan. Alongside his various professional awards, he has received other several recognitions for his humanitarian services with Rotary International and many other groups.