Julius Agbaje is a Nigerian conceptual artist who works primarily as a painter. The popular phrase “Art as a tool for change” is the creed that fuels his entire artistic practice, as is reflected in his paintings or in his writings and even his penchant for volunteerism. He is an alumnus of Arts in Medicine Fellowship, where he also served as the Director of Art Projects in Lagos for a short period.
Julius thinks of his creative process as a journal that documents his transition through life, his connections and interactions with other humans and human activities. So, in his compositions, he typically situates himself or his chosen subject in different poses, at the center of specific human activities as are peculiar to his chosen context. He adopts pipes in his painting technique as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of humans and human activities.
His passion for justice and fairness has often spurred him on to take on activism related issues. He infuses humour and metaphors as a means of reeling his audience into his narrative space, while addressing issues which he finds interesting or important. Some of his works were widely adopted as symbols for several placards and poster designs on and off social media during the 2020 End SARS protests across within Nigeria and abroad. He continues to lend his voice to diverse ongoing injustices against humanity with his art.
Julius has exhibited his artworks in Europe and the USA, his paintings are in private and public collections locally and internationally. Also, he has been published in articles both locally and internationally. He currently works and live in Lagos, Nigeria as a full-time studio artist.