Nigerian-American visual artist, Kemi Yemi-Ese, resides in Austin, Texas and has shown her art nationally as well as in and around the Austin area. Focusing on oil and acrylic mediums, Kemi creates engaging and bold art pieces. Following a near tragic car accident in 2006, Kemi became paralyzed and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Her art reflects the struggles and triumphs that living with a disability entail through imagery that is relatable. While vibrant, her artwork is also thoughtful and often challenges representations of mobility, gender, beauty, race, and divinity. Her current work is heavily inspired by her Nigerian heritage blending dynamic and contemplative portraits with cultural exploration.
The emotions and stories that I paint are inspired by the resiliency of the human spirit. The subjects are established as forces to be reckoned with. Even the more stoic figures radiate with the confidence of a person who will fulfil their purpose no matter what obstacles may be in their path. My current work explores resiliency further as it relates to culture and identity. Opulently Black is a multimedia series of works that turn adornment into statements of how I've witnessed and experienced being black. I encourage audiences to reflect on their own experience while engaging with my art pieces.