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Jimoh Buraimoh

(b. 1943) A Contemporary painter and artist Jimoh Buraimoh were born in 1943 in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. He was one of the most influential and best-known artists during the 1960s workshop known as The Osogbo School of Art by Ulli Beier and Georgina Beier. In these workshops, he discovered a latent desire for visual expression, which led to him mastering his abilities to make prints, paint, and inlay tiles and beads, creating mosaic plaques and tables, and later extending to bead paintings and murals. His work merged western media and Yoruba-style motifs. He became Africa's first head painter in 1964. In 1967, the Goethe Institute in Lagos organized Buraimoh's first exhibition of bead paintings. Since then, he has continuously exhibited his work overseas, enjoying international acclaim and worldwide popularity throughout his career. In 1972, he represented Nigeria at the First All-African Trade Fair in Nairobi, Kenya. He was also the first Nigerian to be awarded a membership in the Contemporary World Association of Mosaic Artists in Italy in 1983. His 1997 mosaic mural, The Elders, commissioned by the City of Atlanta in Georgia, received an Award of Excellence from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission as The Best Mosaic Mural of the Year. A dedicated and efficient teaching artist, he taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine in 1974, the University of Bloomington, and other schools in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. He frequently conducts workshops in conjunction with his exhibits, contributing to outreach programs like October Gallery's Engage in Art Project in London and the arts education program in the primary school system of Manchester, England.