Dayo Adelaja: ART & FORM: A Cubist’s Journey

Dayo Adelaja layers meaning into his paintings of contemporary and historical subjects by creatively utilizing the techniques of Cubism; dissecting and reassembling pictorial perspective in order to show different views and angles of a subject simultaneously. The resulting paintings become puzzle-like, forcing the viewer’s brain to piece together the fragmented, geometric forms and lines.

Dayo Adelaja was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from West Virginia University, and a Master of Arts in Graphic Design from California State University. As an undergraduate student at Texas Southern University in Houston, Adelaja studied with artist and professor Dr. John Biggers, who encouraged him to become a teacher. After working for several years as an art director in Southern California, Adelaja began teaching art; which he continued to do for 30 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Clark County School District. Adelaja is now a resident artist at Left of Center Gallery in North Las Vegas. He has created several murals in Southern Nevada, including a mural on the McDonald’s at Martin Luther King Jr. and Lake Mead Boulevards. Adelaja also has designed sculptures for Ethel Pearson Park and Doolittle Community Center.

On exhibit at Laughlin Library from June 27 through August 22, 2021.

Monday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Tuesday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday: 1:00PM – 5:00PM