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. His most recent work, was featured at last year’s Miami Art Basel and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2016. ‍‍‍‍‍‍

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