Ade Olufeko

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Adeolu Abayomi Olufeko is an American multi-disciplinary designer of Nigerian descent, a digital strategist and a passionate digital artist.

Ade born into a creative family spent most of his formative years in the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria(Surulere). He relocated back to Minneapolis in the mid 90’s and shortly after attended Minnesota State University in Saint Paul, where he studied computer science concentrating on multimedia. His personal work became popularly known in the African diaspora through a signature collection of motion graphic websites.  In 2001 this body of work was showcased in some computer courses globally such as the teaching organization Learn Direct in London UK. His proficiency in graphics and recognition as an authority on the subject allows him impart knowledge through his design work and creative workshops. He pioneered the first social media website for Saint Gregory’s College Ikoyi Obalende in 1997 assisting alumni connect globally.

In Minneapolis Ade started working with online technologies and the Internet, becoming an enthusiast at a young age; he embraced technology working through various service jobs.  In 2003 he received the IBM Gerstner Team Award for Customer Excellence. He later became a resident of New York City in 2007 where he furthered his consulting experience serving various parts of the community.  On several occasions he has been commissioned to do design work for celebrities such as Grammy nominated recording artist – Amel Larrieux . He has rendered services to companies in various industries such as the media, financial, entertainment, telecom and energy industries. Since2006 he became a beta tester for Adobe System’s prerelease application programs, one of the world’s largest software and mobile media companies.

While in Minneapolis he initiated Visual Collaborative™ a seasonal art and technology driven exposition that orchestrates design work of emerging artists in different cities. By taking on the role of curator, he has worked with various galleries, restaurants, publicists and forged strategic partnerships with charities. His digital work has been shown in Minneapolis Minnesota, New York City, San Francisco, Miami and Washington DC. On occasion Ade accepts invitations to speak on panels that focus on technology or business collaborations. He was a panel speaker during the Harlem New York; America meets African Conference put together by the New York African Chorus Ensemble and the Harlem Arts Alliance. He has been featured in a few contemporary publications.


Curator, Nigeria


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