Adewale Adenle

College of Visual & Performing Arts, School of Art

Adewale Adenle

Adewale (‘Wale) Adenle is a visiting assistant professor in painting and drawing. He teaches foundation drawing and intermediate painting. His primary subfields are political cartooning and sculpture.

His current research in painting and drawing employs parody and metaphorical content on deconstructed multiple layers to investigate our attractions to political affiliations as influenced by the media, money and ideological allegiances. The three-dimensional multiple layers collaborate with convoluted and tactile surface to engage the viewer as an investigator and challenge them to search for multiple logics and potentials as they interpret the work.

He has taught art classes (two-dimensional foundation, painting and drawing) in New Orleans public schools and Miami University-Ohio, and has more than 15 years' experience as a political cartoonist and art editor with various newspapers in Nigeria, the U.S. and Great Britain.

‘Wale has exhibited widely in three continents and won numerous awards and grants. As a recipient of the 2000 Reuters-U.K News Graphics Award, he participated in instructive Malofiej/"Show Don't Tell!" workshops at the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and had work experience at Reuters News Graphics in London. Adewale is the author of Mixed feelings, a 15-year celebration/collection of his sociopolitical satires. Published in 1999, the book was collected by the University of California (Berkeley Library) for selected acquisitions in Africana Studies and cataloged at The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. His most recent public commission includes, among others, “Congo Square,” a 7-foot-by-11-foot cast bronze sculpture commissioned by the city of New Orleans and installed at Louis Armstrong Park. 

Adewale graduated with an M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He obtained his undergraduate degree in fine art from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria in 1991, an M.A. in museum studies from Southern University in New Orleans in 2010, and 15 quarter-hours in animation at Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta Campus.