Shala lives and works in Chicago, while engaging in commercial, private and public projects internationally. He owns a media venture called The Movement Worldwide. It develops traditional art as well as art in the forms of entertainment, video, music, and fashion. The Movement art label also functions as a social impact firm dedicated to solving global challenges using Shala's work. The company was originally founded as an independent recording label that produced and managed the unsung hip hop band, Qualo and various other Chicago artist; including 106JAMZ radio personality, Mike Love, international visual artist, Hebru Brantley, and former Kanye West DJ and The Weeknd producer, Million Dolar Mano.

In 2016, Shala's Bronzeville Solar Pyramid was the subject of a Fall course at The Illinois Institute of Technology. His gallery work was featured at Miami Art Basel. He followed up with a sculpture series for Xfinity that was displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the historic Betsy Ross House. Shala won the Artist of the Year Award and the Creative Person of the Year Award in 2018. He was also tapped for a fellowship at The Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently a national spokesperson for the Nissan Motor Company's new line of tech-savvy vehicles called the Nissan Kicks. The campaign, starring Shala and his work, was recently nominated for Digital Campaign of the Year. He is currently developing solar murals and sculptures for commissions in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ghana.

 

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Olusola "Shala." Akintunde is a Nigerian American contemporary artist, multimedia producer and pioneer in the medium of Solar Art. He is best known for the creation of the infamous portrait series, Shala’s Seven Spoon and his groundbreaking solar murals and sculptures; particularly Shala’s Bronzeville Solar Pyramid. Commissioned by ComEd and the City of Chicago, Shala’s Solar Pyramid is a 15 foot tall solar-paneled pyramid covered in iconography. It is the first landmark of its kind. Aside from his solar work, he produces music and interactive art installations for various event commissions and films. Shala’s work challenges social convention in a charming, yet, confronting way. As a consequence, the artwork itself is expressed through re-examined forms of media and technology. For example, his solar-powered murals re-purpose the solar panel into a working canvas that provides beauty and electricity. His candid artist talks are quickly gaining notoriety and he routinely speaks at various institutions of higher learning; often following up with a unique DJ set and after affair.