"My desire as a collage artist is to communicate with my viewers using waste materials, most especially papers. I try to capture beauty around my immediate environment using papers of different colours considered waste by the general public as I believe waste is beauty everywhere but only appreciated in the eyes of the beholder." ~ Agoreyo Oke, Collage Artist, Nigeria
I enjoyed drawing right from a very tender age as I guess that was one of the things that brought me this far as an artist even with the intense discouragement I got from my parents from going through that line, I still kept the dream and zeal alive. :)
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"I would say am an art freak or do I say a collage freak..loll..sometimes, I just wish I could just sit all by my self alone in this world collaging..I see collage as my own means of expressing my feelings , to me its an adventurous medium that takes you far off from what any other medium can do.its my own defination of ART. I think more,feel more and explore more when collaging as. Cutting those papers into bits and pasting them makes me feel relaxed..I guess that's why I earned the name THE COLLAGE ARTIST." -via Mobile text
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At Wikipedia: Collage (From the French: coller, to glue, French pronunciation: [kɔ.laːʒ]) is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage derives from the French "coller". This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.
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From the Artist: A Descriptive Resume
Agoreyo Oke is a Nigerian artist whose interest and practice straddle different fields of the art profession. He loves manipulating and converting wastes like papers and biscuit wraps to priceless works of art and he calls it COLLAGE.
He picked up this this rare art known as Collage from a young boy who he claimed influenced him and decided experimenting and improving his techniques to get to this point.
Agoreyo Oke has developed a flair for paper collage paintings as to him the thought of cutting and pasting this pieces keeps his mind calm and relaxed.
He scouts for his papers by going to banks, offices, and asking friends to contribute refuse materials.
For used papers, calendars, magazines and scratch cards. He sometimes picks refuse and discarded items when walking on the streets.
A trained painter and currently a student at the University of Benin, his views on collage have been published in news outlets across the country.
Agoreyo Oke's work encompasses a variety of paper cuts on canvas and sublime themes.
The mastery of all elements of painting helps him create in the viewers eyes an overpowering sensation of seeing something that may be a product of his imagination but still bears a distant mark of a certain reality.
He has participated in several group exhibitions both within and outside the country. In October 8, 2013, he received a special mention from the jury and Ambassador of Spain in Nigeria at the Visual Arts Competition 2013 organised by the Embassy of Spain in Abuja, Nigeria.
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