Aideloje Austin Slam was born in Edo State (1987), Nigeria, and currently resides in Lagos. Slam is a full time studio artist, his artistic education was attained from the Federal Polytechnic Auchi, where he graduated with a HND in arts.
Slam Austin is a contemporary painter and sculptor. He typically employs pop art and pop surrealism to convey his work in the form of figurative and portraiture paintings. Slam uses mixed media, especially from found materials extensively in his paintings.
His signature use of acrylic finger nails in his paintings to represent the skun of his subjects is striking and brilliant. The mosaic interaction of acrylic finger nails of different colors, and sizes, are elegantly fused to create a layered structure that interacts with the viewer and lighting in the room.
His decision to use acrylic fingernails as the symbolic and recognizable feature in his work stems from the use of acrylic fingernails in fashion, and self care. Acrylic fingernails tell a story of personality, confidence, uniqueness, and style. These espressions are captured by slam and extended through out the body of his subjects.
His works are featered in collections across Africa, Europes and North America.
Artworks of Slam Austin for sale at Robinsons Art Gallery