The Sacred Art Of The Ori - Yoruba Body Art

Laolu Senbanjo
2016
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Laolu Senbanjo’s work has been featured in Beyonce’s wildly popular ‘Lemonade’ album in the music video for the song ‘Sorry’. His intricately detailed Yoruba body art celebrates his Nigerian heritage, bringing it into the 21st Century and showing the world that African art is not just ethnic masks and beadwork. ‘The Sacred Art Of The Ori’ was inspired by the ancient Yoruba practice of becoming one with yourself or your inner ‘God’ (Ori), and Senbanjo’s body art portrays this in beautiful imagery. Senbanjo claims the experience of painting the body art is a spiritual one, which further enhances the traditional African aspect of his work.