Prince Twins Seven-Seven, (1944 – 2011) from Ibadan, Nigeria
This multi-dimensional African artist could set his hand and mind to many things. Art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling are just a few of his numerous creative talents.
Prince Twins Seven Seven (ne Taiwo Olaniyi Salau) was the sole surviving twin of a set of seven successive twins born into the Bashorun royal family of the Yoruba people. Growing up in a village called Ijara, he made a living as a musician and dancer until in 1964 he discovered the 2nd art workshop run by ex-patriots, Ulli and Georgina Beier.
This school was known as the Oshogbo School of Art and Prince Twins Seven-Seven became a prominent member and a protagonist for the school. He began by drawing in pen and ink on paper but moved to ink and paint on large sheets of laminated plywood.
Line and drawing, plus engraving, remained central to his work.
He eventually settled in Philadelphia, USA where he spent the last 15 years of his life.
In 2005 Unesco named Prince Twins Seven-Seven, ‘Artist for Peace’, a position that gave him international visibility and secured his name and recognition through a difficult phase of his life.