Alana Adetola Fajemisin is a Buffalo, New York native who grew up in the heart of the Elmwood Village and currently resides there. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from the State University at Buffalo her New York State Certification in Art Education from Buffalo State College. She plans on attending Buffalo State College’s Museum Studies program in the Fall of 2013.
Alana is active in Buffalo’s teaching artist’s community and has just completed her first school year with the Buffalo Public School’s: Artist in Every Classroom Program. Through the program, Alana travels to some of Buffalo’s public high schools and middle schools, discussing her work as not only a student, active volunteer and intern, and practicing artist, but aspiring educator of the arts, as well.
Her paintings are masterfully created using both oil and acrylic paints on hand stretched canvases and found bases. Her self-portraits resemble that of a cubism dream, often fragmented, with figures that stand to be larger (or, in some cases, much smaller) than life. Many of which have found homes in private collections both locally and nationally.
As of late, Fajemisin’s new and much more “raw” direction leads you down an intimate path, where a number of her sketches have found themselves juxtaposed against a collection of collage work that has been complied over a number of years. Always drawn ever so meticulously, delicately weaved with found objects and other “what’s’a’call’its” that carry the weight, literally, of those both near and dear to her; and most certainly closest in proximity to her.