The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) is delighted to present Irinisi: An Exhibition of Painting by Idowu Oluwaseun. He is a Lagos, Nigeria born Houstonian currently making his footprint in our post contemporary art world. The exhibit will open at HMAAC Oct. 5, 2019 through Dec. 14, 2019 and will be curated by Dominic R. Clay.

The paintings in this exhibition are a social, cultural and political statement for Idowu Oluwaseun. In Yoruba, “Irinisi” means how a person portrays themselves to the world. The portraits in this exhibition reflect a motif that Oluwaseun calls “The Faceless Minority”. His images intimately discuss the blurred line between conceptual and figurative compositions and how artistic style can be used as communication. The subjects in his works are non-identifiable according to their facial features however the skin color of the subjects are constant. Shrouded faces replace facial recognition. Beautiful patterns like lace, ankara and camouflage allow the subjects to openly communicate the artist’s intention. HMAAC welcome our viewers to gaze deeply into Idowu Oluwaseun’s work and ponder the world of tomorrow. 



The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations. In fulfilling its mission, HMAAC seeks to invite and engage visitors of every race and background and to inspire children of all ages through discovery-driven learning. HMAAC is to be a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors. As a result, the stories and exhibitions that HMAAC will bring to Texas are about the indisputable fact that while our experience is a unique one, it has been impacted by and has impacted numerous races, genders and ethnicities. The museum continues to be a space where a multicultural conversation on race geared toward a common future takes place.