Osa Seven popularly known as Osa Seven, is an Urban GFX and Graffiti Artist, with a passion for telling stories using contemporary art.
Back in the day, graffiti was seen as a something miscreants who had nothing else to do engaged in. They were seen as nuisances who defaced prized properties. But Osa Seven is changing that narrative.
His work ranges from portraits of iconic characters to scenic images, brand designs, abstract art, and tribal art designs that appeal to the human emotions.
Armed with his stencils, spray paint, epoxy, varnish, paper, and boards, he disrupts spaces that allow him express his creativity.
Osa Seven is a cofounder at Socially Africa, which runs “Art For A Cause” initiative that uses Art to inspire children.
Osa Seven has taught classes at British Council and Goethe Institute workshops.
Inspired by the worldwide appeal of graffiti artists like Banksy, Osa Seven set up the 7th Element initiative to help artists in Nigeria publicize, commercialize and monetize their work.
In 2016, Osa Seven was featured on CNN African Voices where he shared his story.
Osa Seven was a nominee in the 2016 The Future Awards Africa Arts and Culture category.
Osa Seven has created art for Multinationals like Guinness Nigeria, Kia, Globacom, MTVBase, Diageo, Chicken Republic, Live Mechanic, and Empire Mates Entertainment, Jameson, Absolut Vodka, Pernod Ricard, HP Africa, Guinness, Smirnoff, Heineken, The Federal Government of Nigeria, and more recently, the Lagos State Government for the #EkoTag project.
Hear him describe himself and his journey in this short rap he posted recently on his Instagram page :
“From festac to the world, yeah right count from one/
2wo, 3hree, 4our, 5ive, 6ix, 7even son/
Life’s like a doorknob every body gets a turn/
Glad my turn came lit in the swag of Don Juan/
Paint it like it is, on any surface no bias/
Wall, canvas, fabric, excel in all class/
Execute in flying colors, cut my teeth in art/
Ain’t no dream too big, smalls look where we at/
Like heaven here on earth, my pallet’s larger than life/
Ur art couldn’t make the cut, suggest u cop a knife/
His artworks expensive , rumours run rife/
Blame an artist trying to fend for a seed and a wife/
Respect u ma, how u put up with me that was faith/
Whoever thought the lad will make a living off paint/
Exhibition after exhibition now we are great/
Yet Mean muggers mean mugging seven, why the h8?/”