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About Me

Adetoro Debas, a visionary artist born in Nigeria in 1995, has been passionate about art from a young age. He pursued formal art education at Lagos State Polytechnic and graduated as one of the top students in the Art and Industrial Design department. Between 2015 and 2021, he quickly rose in the art world.

During his time at art school, Debas developed a deep love for both traditional and digital painting, combining these techniques to uniquely express Africa's rich cultural heritage. With guidance from Abdulsalam Art Studio, his art evolved into a captivating blend of abstract and figurative elements, reflecting African heritage.

Debas gained recognition in the art world, participating in prestigious exhibitions and events. Notably, he joined the Society of Nigeria Artists in Lagos in 2022, further immersing himself in the local art scene.

Through his art, Adetoro Debas aims to bridge cultures and share diverse narratives, touching hearts and fostering understanding across the world.

Art Exhibitions

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  • Eko Art Expo | 2016

  • October Rain | Ascension | Mydrim Gallery | 2022

  • October Rain | Adeline Gallery | 2022

  • ArtBeatMiami | United State | 2022

  • MotherDrum Festival | Virtually | 2022

  • Brush and strokes | Lagos Continental Hotel | 2022

  • Art of Love | The Art Hotel | 2023

  • Affordable Art Fair | Mydrim Gallery | 2023

  • Fluid Exhibition | Kenya | 2023

  • Creative Bloc | Muri Okuola Park | 2023

  • POP Art Fair | Victoria Island |  2023

  • October Rain |  Cross Current  | Gemini Gallery | 2023

  • Bond of Solace | Solo | Art and Tech Abuja | 2023

  • Affordable Art Fair | Mydrim Gallery | 2023 

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What inspired you to become an artist?

I began drawing even before I was born; being an artist feels like it's in my very DNA. I draw inspiration not from external factors, but from my identity, culture, and heritage, which have nurtured my artistic journey throughout my life.

How do you deal with Creative Block?

As I've grown as an artist, I rarely experience creative blocks. I view moments when I don't feel like drawing as necessary resting periods rather than blocks. I stay proactive by preparing my work ahead of time, ensuring I always have something to create. When I do need inspiration, I turn to my masters' works, art exhibition catalogs, or browse Instagram to rekindle my artistic drive.

What is your process like?

My artistic process has evolved over time. I started with traditional mediums like pencil, paper, and canvas, but I fell in love with digital tools and now often begin by creating digital sketches. Spending more time with my computer helps me brainstorm ideas and sketch freely. Once I have a digital blueprint, I transfer it to canvas and paint traditionally, using my favorite vibrant colors

Are you a self-taught artist?

I have both self-taught and formal education experiences in art. Being born with the spirit of an artist was my initial discovery, but studying art in higher institutions shaped my understanding of its rules. When it comes to digital art, it's largely self-taught, as mastering digital tools requires dedicated self-learning to complement my traditional art practices.

Do you get jealous of other artists’ talent? 

No, I don't feel jealous of other artists' talents. I believe that every artist's journey is unique and evolves over time. Instead of jealousy, I prefer to admire and learn from their work. I ask questions to understand their approach and use that knowledge to expand my own artistic horizons. Each artist has their path, and I respect that.

What tools do you use?

For my traditional paintings, I primarily use acrylic on canvas. In the digital realm, I rely on Photoshop along with a graphics tablet. Regardless of the medium, my signature style remains consistent, focusing on abstract figurative art.

Do you have any advice for beginners?

Are you available for commissions?

Yes, I am available for commissions and have experience creating hundreds of commissioned portraits and conventional art. I'm also open to collaborations on projects that align with my artistic vision and contribute to my growth as an artist

What inspires you?

As a traditional and digital artist, my inspiration doesn't come from one specific source. Instead, it's deeply rooted in my environment, culture, and heritage. I draw inspiration from my traditions and the places I find myself, and my emotions and experiences continually shape my creative thinking, fueling my inspiration every day.

What do you think about using references?

Using references in art is a valuable tool. It's not about imitation but rather a way to guide and enhance your imaginative works. I find references particularly useful in creating my abstract figurative paintings, where I sometimes have models pose to help me distort and shape the forms in my art. It's a helpful guide for any artist.

What's the most challenging aspect of being an artist

The most challenging aspect of being an artist is the constant pursuit of originality and staying true to your unique voice. It's easy to feel the pressure to conform to trends or expectations. To overcome this challenge, I remind myself that my art is a reflection of my inner world, my experiences, and my vision. I trust my instincts and resist the temptation to chase trends. This allows me to create art that is authentic and resonates with both myself and my audience.

  1. Embrace the journey: Art is a lifelong adventure, so enjoy every step.

  2. Don't fear mistakes: They are essential for growth.

  3. Practice consistently: Regularity improves your skills.

  4. Study the basics: Learn the fundamentals of art, like composition and color theory.

  5. Experiment freely: Don't be afraid to try new techniques and styles.

  6. Find your passion: Explore various mediums until you discover what you love.

  7. Observe the world: Pay attention to details in your surroundings; it's a great source of inspiration.

  8. Sketch daily: It keeps your creativity flowing.

  9. Seek constructive feedback: It helps you improve.

  10. Learn from others: Study the works of great artists and contemporary talents.

  11. Develop patience: Art takes time, so don't rush the creative process.

  12. Stay curious: Keep exploring new ideas and concepts.

  13. Trust your instincts: Your unique perspective is your greatest asset.

  14. Don't compare yourself: Your journey is unique; focus on your growth.

  15. Take breaks: Rest is essential for creativity.

  16. Network with fellow artists: Share experiences and learn from each other.

  17. Set goals: They give you a sense of direction.

  18. Stay organized: Keep your workspace tidy and your ideas in order.

  19. Share your work: Don't be shy about showcasing your art to the world.

  20. Be patient with yourself: Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is your artistic prowess.

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“Word that give me joy! Thank you Debas, your works are amazing, This is just the beginning for you”

Edward Okoeguale

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