Moyo Oyelola is a photographer, multimedia artist and activist. He creates intimate, real interactions with his subjects and communities and synthesizes that into deep, universal activations expressed in multimedia, photography, environmental installations and public arts projects. Born in Nigeria, Moyo moved to Austin when he was seven. Having grown up as the "product of two worlds" has shaped his thinking and work, reflecting perspectives of pan-African and modern western worlds. Moyo's work has been featured in brand films, advertising, editorial, music videos, environmental installations, personal projects, and an evolving number of public arts projects.
"I design to extend the questions and not find the answers. It is vital to lead with your 'why'. I look for the natural output of what is happening in communities and individually and flow things out whether it is joy, fear, anger or love. Nigeria is factored into who I am. There are layers to me as there are all kinds of parts and pieces to everyone's story. I think that's why I am fascinated by little things--patterns and source materials and how people in places like South Africa use scraps and pieces of material to create something that is substantially different. I am inspired by people who were consciously aware of themselves and what was happening in their communities and the world--Renaissance artists, Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, Nina Simone, James Baldwin and Muhammad Ali."
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