“This is my experimentation with face painting. Before the western influence of beauty products and cosmetic, the African woman had her own style and products for beauty and adornment rituals. The face painting is one of them. I really wish that those days could come back and I could paint my face in the stripes of a zebra without looking like a freak!!! Face painting was a very unique individualistic expression of one’s self; more than clothing, face painting can dictate how a person is perceived. Every dot, every stroke and each pattern on the face gives the wearer an accent to their personality. The freedom to be!!”
Old Birth, 2016, Oil pastel on handmade paper, 60 x 74 cm
Peju Alatise (born 1975) is a Nigerian mixed media artist, writer and poet, with an educational background in architecture. She has always been drawn to art and has been a practicing studio
artist for over sixteen years. Peju has held several solo exhibitions, and her works reside in many local and international collections around the world. In 2016, she was selected to become a fellow at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art and her work was recently exhibited at Venice Biennale’s 57th edition.