“I am Sulyman Mustapha Bola. I was born in 1979 in Lagos. My specializations are drawing and painting. My whole life is art. Right from my childhood, I loved drawing anything that came from my heart—which you know as imagination. Life and still life were my favorite subjects. My habit was so intense that I didn’t have any time to take notes during junior high school. Because of this, my older brother had to keep a close eye on me.
“Art is life and joy. Music makes me feel alive, especially when I am listening to music while working with my favorite medium, the pencil. It always inspires me to express myself in detail.
“I am a versatile artist, working with many types of media, including pastel, oil paint, watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal. I love to draw people in the street, which makes me bold and full of speed, completing 20-minute life drawings. This is where I draw anybody who wants to sit in front of me as a model. I try to make this a daily practice.
“I believe that every artist was created with a large memory, which can store whatever you see in your daily life. This makes me stronger in my thinking ability, transforming anything from my heart into art. I can also work with three-dimensional materials such as metal, wood, and any other material, so long as I can communicate with it and experiment with various mixed media and techniques.
“As a political artist, I have participated in several exhibitions in Nigeria. I was lucky enough to be one of the members of 1create.co.uk as an emerging gallery owner.
“Nothing gives me more joy than being in artistic circles. Drawing gives me extra energy to paint.
I am happy to be part of NOVICA.”