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Oresegun Olumide’s Hyper Realistic Paintings are Spectacular



Oresegun Olumide Painting 1Artist Oresegun Olumide‘s star is rising. His hyper realistic paintings have caught the attention of many lately, and he’s now even made it on CNN.

The 35 year old studied Fine Art at YABATECH and graduated with a distinction. His artworks take anywhere from a weeks to a few months, depending on the level of detail.

He told CNN that “water is a recurring theme in his art because according to a popular adage in his native Yoruba language, “water has no enemy.””

The use of water gives a translucent effect and, he says, is “why it’s difficult for many people to do.”

Olumide pushes himself to create art that his community hasn’t seen before and that is challenging for him.

You can follow him on Instagram here!



    March 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm


    • Damilola

      March 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Spectacular. Some people are truly gifted. It’s like God specially blessed the. These artworks can be sold. Hope he finds a way to profit from it.

  2. Jd

    March 9, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Super brilliant work from the great artist Olumide.
    Now this is how to depict people from Africa or of African descent. Not those exagerrated caricatures that usually make it to art exhibitions or Western media platforms. More power and inspiration for your work, sir.

  3. Olu

    March 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Those pictures almost speak …..

  4. Sophia

    March 9, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Wow!! His paintings are soooo out of this world. .

  5. Finally!Finally

    March 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    I duff my hat!!!!!!!!!

  6. Majestic

    March 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Raw talent….*dries tears*

  7. BC

    March 9, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!!! What talent!

  8. o

    March 9, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    To think he has been posting pics of his paintings on Fb for over 3 yrs now….hmm this God. All one needs is a date when preparation will meet favour. He’s simply brilliant. I am so happy for him.

  9. Yaseer's crush

    March 9, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    I doff my hat for u o bros….ur art is simply amazing and truly…water e no get enemy.

  10. yetty

    March 9, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Wow! so unique a work of art! Beautiful!

  11. Cece

    March 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Puleeeeezzzz..( rolling my eyes), there is some technology involved in this. Some kind of photoshop technology that is.

    • Miss Anonymous

      March 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      The “technology” is called raw talent.

    • Bleed Blue

      March 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm


      I personally could all do with seeing more images like these, so please use this “technology” you speak of to create similar images, and send to BN let’s appreciate you too hun.

    • Khadija

      March 10, 2016 at 8:38 am

      And now we understand why Nigeria will remain in the Dark Ages with people that think like you do. Please dont make coments when u have no prior knowledge of what you’re saying. Thank you. And well done to the artist!

    • Queen Bee

      March 10, 2016 at 8:44 am

      you think CNN will feature if they havemt done findings? There is something called rare talent and this is it.

  12. Cindy

    March 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I checked his IG page earlier today. I find some of his paintings disturbing though. There’s is one that has a boy of about 8 sitting on the lap of a girl the same age, both naked. I know he’s trying to depict innocence but he needs to draw a line. Other than that, I enjoy looking at his artworks.

    • Sky Blue

      March 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Same thing I said! I appreciate the art in itself, but his use of nude minors (Appears to be a common theme in his work), not so much.

    • Nwa nna

      March 10, 2016 at 12:39 am

      @cindy, I found his pics extremely creepy & disturbing! I saw several of his pics & I’m going to call it what it is, this dude seems like a pedophile to me.. Sure, you can paint pics of kids but several of the pics of the kids were nude and some of the the pics depicted the young girls in a sensual manner! Not right! I don’t care how talented the artist is but some of his works make me question his mind’s inner workings…

    • Queen Bee

      March 10, 2016 at 10:59 am

      really? pedeophile? smh for people of this generation, i bet you know nothing about art and paintings, what happened to days when siblings take an innocent shower together without some dirty minded people thinking something is wrong with that? God help us, you didnt see where he painted a grown woman abi? everyone has an area of concentration,there r photographers who shoot just babies u know? Stop thinking too deep, appreciate the paintings and move

    • Majestic

      March 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Pedophile?…Well, that escalated quickly..

    • Dammy

      March 10, 2016 at 12:15 pm

      Oga abeg park well joo

    • Foye

      March 10, 2016 at 2:11 am

      It was very disturbing for me as well! He is definitely talented, but his work borders on child pornography. In fact I wanted to buy some of his work until I scrolled down – It was a bit creepy!

    • hezekina pollutina

      March 10, 2016 at 4:53 am

      I agree, and no one is talking about that. Thanks for bringing it up. He needs to be called out!

    • Mz Titilitious

      March 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

      i saw that too and was like WTH?

    • Adekunle

      March 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I also find some of his images disturbing, I saw one of 2 ladies i night gowns with nipples visibly showing.

  13. Akpeno

    March 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    @Cindy Thank you!!! I agree with you 100% I too found them disturbing….. Good artist but the content is quite disturbing.

    • Big Tee

      March 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Obviously you guys don’t know the genre of arts this guy is specialized. Believe me, his counterparts have more shocking artworks. His specialty focuses on water realism and how they look on human bodies. I heard that he has been advised to make his art more shocking but he refused to ply that route, just check out his peers’ work like Ruth Bircham on facebook, you will agree that he is indeed conservative within his genre.

  14. Nakoms

    March 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Once is a very rare while you come across authenticity so sublime you almost have an out of body experience. Almost.

    Surely we do have geniuses like this in their thousands, in various fields, but thier voices are drowned in the madding crowd because there aren’t enough platforms such as BN to dredge them out.

    In a society where gross and dross animates the media, “sightings” such as this throw a lifeline dragging you from the cesspool of the flesh mongers who occupy the media landscape with thier middling trifles and base squabbling. That he is a Nigerian is an icing on the cake. Yes I can call him brother, even when we are of different ethnic stock. You are my brother when your deep calls mine!

  15. conglomerate

    March 9, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    There’s nothing disturbing or lewd about his art work, you should probably get your mind out of gutter. Art is meant to either provoke or gratify, with no respect to anyone’s feelings…

    • Nebee

      March 9, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Dont mind them, everyone is calling the guy a Paedophile.Make una clean una mind from dirtiness.

    • BlueEyed

      March 10, 2016 at 2:16 am

      Well said, Thank you! @Conglomerate
      Brilliant artistry. The average mind sees Art and interprets it as it looks.

    • Californiabawlar

      March 10, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Me too o!!! I didn’t even see too many for me to start getting creeped out…it wasn’t even dirty thoughts…..I just got creeped out by a grown man painting kids…half naked kids ??????????
      It must be that I’ve seen one too many SVU type shows…
      I feel really bad for thinking in that direction because he’s unbelievably talented but there’s nothing I can do about the vibes…it is was it is…

    • Koffie

      March 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      I checked his insta expecting to find their words true but I didn’t see the pictures as ‘sensualising children’ at all. I used to bath in the rain with kids my age and we definitely were not thinking anything remotely sexual. In fact, by the time your mother catches you and starts her scolding, you’ll probably hold your siblings/accomplices close cos you fear the scolding will yield a slap and so you grab someone in front to ‘collect’ the slap before you… followed by a blanket and some watery lipton tea, haha.
      I think I’ve gotten carried away with my own childhood. 2016 isn’t smiling sha, God is in the business of ‘favouring’ people.

    • whocares

      March 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      @Koffie- I agree with you. I loved playing in the rain as a kid and the thing is I did not even see the pictures as weird (I still cannot get over the fact that they are paintings. lol. I keep saying pictures) . I thought it was sweet especially the girl bathing the boy. It was actually what a part of my childhood was living with my grandma. I lived in my ‘pant and singlet’. After school, take off the uniform and I would walk around the whole place in pant and when the breeze of modesty blows, I will wear my singlet (those mother care ones. lool) bathing in the rain was my favourite as well as (making amala with sand and then using stone as meat) and I think I might have “baffed” for my cousin at one point or the other too. Pouring water on his head etc after both of us had played too rough and we both knew if we went into my grandma’s house with the filth, we were toast. I think his paintings are wonderful and they take you back to the carefree and innocent part of your childhood- before boys, before you started growing breast., before you got “educated” and became too sophisticated for everything you used to enjoy, before your naked body in public became a matter of politics or calling the police as the case might be.

    • Nwa nna

      March 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      At all the BN readers claiming that there’s nothing wrong with some of this artist work.. One question to ponder on, how would you feel if this man painted these exact same pics of your own child being nude/ semi nude or posing in a sensual manner and presented it to you to display in your living room or at your office for public viewing?!
      Keyword is your child!

    • Asake

      March 10, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you so much @conglomerate. At the end of the day you see only what you want to see….bunch of dirty minds. I only saw innocent children playing with water and loving it. Pedophile my foot! You all need to wash your minds with hypo… Prejudice is ignorance.

  16. Akpeno

    March 9, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    “Art is meant to either provoke or gratify, with no respect to anyone’s feelings…” You are so right! And it did PROVOKE Uncomfortable worrisome feelings.

  17. Nahum

    March 10, 2016 at 3:12 am

    This guy is amazing!! I just love his work. I trust, now that he has blown up, he will be playing hard to find for true fans like me who want to purchase his work. Anyway sha, it’s his time and he deserves it.

  18. Uche

    March 10, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Ahn ahn. You guys slow down na. I can’t seem to see the offense in all these pictures. There are many more where people are fully clothed. You don’t need to oversexualise innocence. So you never played naked in the stream? The boy on the girls lap? What if they’re siblings in his mind? Please.

  19. Bowl

    March 10, 2016 at 6:31 am

    was also disturbed by some his paintings.

  20. Niyoola

    March 10, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Creepy ke?
    I actually checked his IG because i saw the comments about the photos being creeepy. Yáll need to get your minds out of the gutter.


  21. samwell

    March 10, 2016 at 10:22 am


  22. Tee

    March 10, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Abeg abeg! is it kids that should paint kids? Do you know where he grew up? Some of you be forming “aje”. If you grew up in the local areas, then you’ll appreciate the pictures; where siblings play with each other under the rain without any care in the world or the sight of a running tap after many months of non-use is just bliss. I’m sure water is one of his inspirations as he mentioned that “water has no enemy”. If it was a woman doing these paintings now, you’ll say she’s “mammy water”.
    If we can just take a minute to appreciate the good things just the way they appear, this life would be better.

  23. Mz Titilitious

    March 10, 2016 at 10:39 am

    WOW all i can say is WOW!!! Creativity at it finest!

  24. well done

    March 10, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Thumb up! and well done Oresegun Olumide…so many talented pple in our country however the system is so weak, porus and discouraging

  25. Eva

    March 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

    All of you crazy crooked up people here claiming this guy to be a pedophile and stuff, you clearly haven’t been to an African country. This is very normal. We used to take showers with our brothers naked. And when we see these paintings, it brings up fond memories not the crooked up shit you think about in your western corrupt minds.

  26. Ada

    March 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Get your minds out of the gutter and soak it with bleach! I went to see the creepy nudes of kids and I have looked up and down and I haven’t seen anything that can be remotely said to depict sex or even inspire wrong feelings! People sef!

  27. Tee

    March 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This is amazing this guy is going places, so life like ! i am baffled at some commenters claiming some images are disturbing , this is the sad reality of the western indoctrination baggage most people carry around, the artist only depicted the naturalness of life in Nigeria without any underling connotations, i remember when Twin 77 was doing his work in osogbo people were saying all sorts of negative things . please people lets try to see good in things unless the contrary is proven.

  28. cheekahbolt

    March 10, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Beautiful works of art. Creative art in another level. proudly naija. thumbs up*

  29. Miss Anoni Moss

    March 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    His paintings are truly remarkable!
    Those of you calling him a pedophile please stop, Art is completely different from looking at pictures, in order to appreciate Art you have to know the facts about the context of the artwork before you make judgements.

  30. OSI

    March 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, you guys calling him a paedophile and claiming ‘disturbed’ can’t be serious! Please go to rural areas, outskirt of lagos and you will understand this man’s art. Children bath each other in these part of the country, children bath in the stream together naked, both male and female, its a common thing! It’s what this man sees and experiences that hes painting, please you guys should stop already, It is so sad that you guys think life starts and stops in Lekki and Ikoyi! People that live in face me i face you have only one toilet and bathroom which everyone uses, they bath their kids outside! WOW! Im so shocked! DO NOT KILL HIS SHINE!

  31. Tunmi

    March 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Woahhhhhh can he commissioned to paint public or Govt buildings?

  32. beauty

    March 10, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    All I feel like doing now is to loosen my weave and let water pour from my head to my toes like his portrait!!!

  33. Pink

    March 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I understand where those who find his pictures creepy may be coming from. perhaps they were born and bread ‘in the abroad’ or ikoyi lol. I loved bathing outside as a kid and whenever I went to my grandparents I simply refused to use their bathroom simply because my grand mum would allow me have a shower outside. So perhaps you never experienced the pure joy of bathing with your peers outside or under the rain. His pictures do not depict anything that does not happen in Nigeria and that is the whole essence of art. Thanks to oresegun Olumide for bringing back those lovely memories.

  34. Chu

    March 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    I do not think an artist thinks like everyone else, they deep to get their inspiration. So what he brings might not seem normal to you or might be a bit #creepy to you but that is what makes him talented. When I read the article on CNN I saw a link to some other hyper realism artists, one was just bloody, what would you make of that? The only painting that ‘wierded’ me out a bit was the naked girl carrying a naked boy, but I realized that it was my mind, it was so childlike, and beautiful. Its only a mind scarred by the evil of the world now that would read meaning into it.
    I thank him for introducing me to this genre of art, the one that seems to sell is abstract art and for the life of me, I do not get what those people draw, just splash paint on a canvass and I’m supposed to interpret what you were trying to say? issoright, kontinu.
    I pray Nigerians support him and that he has good business acumen to handle it all.

  35. Yori

    March 10, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I am not what you think I am. You are what you think I am – that saying came to mind after reading some comments.
    That is one talented young man. Keep it up!

  36. Tosin

    March 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    somebody complained about these paintings? how?

    ketekete – Ebenezer Obey

    • Californiabawlar

      March 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      Lmaooo…afi ketekete naa. I’m not complaining…shebi you uppity artsy folk are the ones who go on about art being subjective…

  37. ebimo

    March 11, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Are we so warped, his pictures were depictions of normal rural/communal living. It depicts the innocent abandon a lot of us as children engaged in playing in the rain.
    A paedophile? Who ever made that accusation needs to visit a psychologist, such a person has latent issues that needs to be resolved.
    I may not be comfortable with nude paintings its not my fare especially that of the naked women but I know what he intends to do is depict the interaction of water in his paintings and I have never seen anyone make water look so real in paint this is genius.

  38. Care xoxo

    March 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    OMG you guys have filthy minds! This artist is a married man with kids for crying out loud! Would you call a white artist a paedophile in the same situation? Get your minds out of the gutter. You have tried to wreck the innocence of his works with your warped minds and it has failed! You will not spoil whatever opportunities.

  39. Ernestine C Brittingham

    March 22, 2016 at 2:09 am

    I see only beautiful art. To have one of my child would be wonderful. I just need to know if any of his pieces are for sale and how I might purchase one.

  40. Lynne

    March 23, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I too had a brief moment of feeling uncomfortable about these paintings but if you look at many great works, they often contain naked children. It’s society that has changed not art. This man is a genius and no one would be questioning his work if we were living in the 1600’s.

  41. Ophelia...

    March 26, 2016 at 12:11 am

    How can I purchase some of his art?

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