Nlele Institut


Born in 1996, Ayanfe Olarinde is a self-trained Nigerian visual artist

She graduated from the University of Lagos with a major in microbiology. Her composition explores various disciplines including photography, scribbling, painting, sculpture, and digital art. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the GTBank Days of Dorcas photography contest. In 2019, she exhibited alongside other photographers at the 25th Bamako Encounters, Mali – OFF exhibition, and the Live-In Desires exhibition by the Goethe Institute Nigeria and The Nlele Institute

Across Ayanfe’s work, there is a requisite thematic projecting her interests in identity formation, gender construct, mental health, and society’s effect in her telling of untold stories. She is also known for her desire for the conceptual aspect of photography. Olarinde looks beyond the manufactured touches of photography to the idea of the medium as a product of her creative mind. She has the ability to see beyond her subject revealing deep crevices of emotions. She is critically acclaimed by pundits. At present, she’s a mentee at the Nlele institute, and also the director and curator for Unearthical, an enterprise under which she explores the fashion and fine art genres of photography. She lives and works in Lagos.