Judith Yahaya is a Nigerian Visual Artist. She holds a B.A in Fine art from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and practices as a full-time studio artist. She has participated in several national and international art exhibitions, and has received awards. She works primarily in acrylic medium, creating works that are inspired by her environment.
My art explores social conditioning and the connection between people and their environment. I examine how ideologies and structures are linked to psychological patterns (stored in our subconsciousness), and the basis for human and social interaction. My work highlights issues concerning gender and identity. I use acrylic paint as my medium of expression, creating subjects that are inspired by real life experiences/issues in modern African society. One of the key factors in my painting involves the expressive use of colours on their skin which reflects their surroundings, it represents influence, the connection and consciousness of one’s environment. I incorporate the use of texture in my paintings and consistent use spiral patterns on the background which symbolizes change, growth and rebirth. I use my art to promote individuality, question structures and social expectations, re-imagining possibilities in our society. With my art I aim to inspire my audience, to mirror ourselves and evoke meaningful conversations that are sustainable.