Toyin Loye was born 1959 in Nigeria. He studied Fine Art at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife.


He is is a representative of the African artistic tradition who portrays his cultural heritage in his work. Each and every element in the work of Toyin Loye has a specific significance. His cheerful animals and masked human figures are attributes of his culture. They are symbols of the Yoruba people to which he belongs. This is also reflected in his poetry, which is often integrated in his paintings. He has even moved further by experimenting with photographs and carved papers.


Toyin Loye lives and works in The Hague, the Netherlands