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With an incredible amount of patience and skills, hyper realistic drawings, which refer to producing artwork that resembles real life, are currently flooding the Nigerian art. Fatola Israel is one of the many artists representing this genre of art work. While there are many ways as an artist to express one’s imagination on the surface of paper, Fatola Israel’s work is one of a marvel as he uses graphite pencil to  create drawings that attain a high level of realism. Israel is a multi-award winning realist visual artist.
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‘Dreams’ by Fatola Israel – Source:


His artworks, like many other Nigerian artists’, is published on Twitter, due to a popular hashtag, #WeAreNigerianCreatives, which is geared to promote Nigerian creatives as they do not get enough recognition for their work and talent.     Originally created by visual artist, Olaloye Bunmi, numerous artists are showcasing their beautiful works on the digital space. The hashtag has gone viral since it appeared on the 22nd February, 2018, and has been used over 50,000 times by Nigerians at home and in the diaspora. Although the waves of publicity had dampened, the campaign still resonates on our timelines because as we know, the internet never forgets.

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This article was first published on 17th April 2018 and updated on July 27th, 2018 at 11:00 am


Adepeju Adenuga is a writer (considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense). She holds a Masters Degree in Literature in English from the University of Lagos.

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