Olusola "Shala." Akintunde is a Nigerian-American social-impact artist and multimedia producer best known for his interactive art installations, cause marketing work and the creation of his infamous portrait series, Seven Spoon. Shalas work challenges social convention in a charming, yet, confronting way. In consequence, the artwork itself is expressed through various re-examined forms of media; including design, painting, photography, creative direction, film, and music. His interactive installations re-invent the concept of framing and the position of an artist entirely. His pioneering visual art incorporates new materials and technology.

For instance, he is currently producing solar-powered murals; the first of their kind. The initial murals and sculptures will provide free lighting in underprivileged areas. Shala. is the founder of The Movement Worldwide, an art house collective and social cause boutique that produces music, multimedia projects and art-based collectibles. The Movement uses its profits to fund various environmental and social causes.

As a Nigerian American artist, born and raised in Chicago, I have grown to understand my unique place in the world. My work moves humanity forward by challenging perspective and perception. As creatives, often reluctant leaders of progression, we naturally create ecologies and industries. As beings that are fundamentally made to share, when left uninterrupted, the wealth we generate is recycled amongst the communities and economies we build. All human beings are creative on some level. Those who are courageous enough to pursue and share their creativity without compromise are called artists.

It is my duty to take the ego, and insecurity, out of my art and recognize that I exist to make a difference. I am here to interrupt limitations and inspire. In this new connected age we, as creatives, must be encouraged, celebrated and inspired. Again, everyone is creative. Artists are only distinct because we are here to galvanize a movement. We deserve overwhelming support and resources simply because... when creativity is fostered; humanity thrives.

- Shala.

© Shala. 2017