Resident Artist: Nia Olabesi

Artist Statement:

For me as a performer, creating art is another form of self expression. Working with acrylic bold colors and mediums and various viscosities inject rhythm and movement into my work. I achieve a vast range of textures using gels, mediums, pastes, mixed media and collage elements that give depth to my work. I find layering techniques a challenge, inspiring and absolutely liberating!


About the Artist:  Hello. My name is Nia Olabesi, born and raised in Washington, D.C. I relocated to Austin, Texas in 2018 to be closer to my daughter and I love it here! I happily retired in 2011 with 38 years of federal government service and since then I’ve returned to my joy of being a painter, actor and entertainer. I am an accomplished jazz stylist, recording artist and singer-songwriter. I have performed extensively throughout the U.S. for over a decade, with my former jazz band The Nia Olabesi Trio. I am a self taught abstract artist. My medium of choice is acrylic mixed media and collage. I am currently a resident artist with Austin ArtSpace Gallery & Studios located in Austin.

Please see Nia Olabesi CV for a list of solo and group exhibits.

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