Ibiyinka Alao

The Perversity Of Life (Girls And Greener Environment)

Ca. 2001
18" x 24"
Tempera

Representing Nigeria in the United Nations International Arts Competition, this painting won the Grand Prize among 61 countries and thousands of artist entries from around the world. Often displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, it chronicles the life of a woman from infancy to adulthood and examines how her values changes over time. The red ground indicates love which never changes as it is the same for the little girl as well as for the old woman. A special quality of material in this painting is the florescent acrylic paints used which glows if displayed under black light.
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