Olayinka FISHER [Founder & Director]:
Yinka Fisher, (Lagos, 1949), holds an honours degree (1972), in Psychology from the University of Lagos. He worked as a Junior Research Fellow, Special Assistant and also helped set up the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. He established thereafter, ICT companies which he presently heads. A keen former cricketer and sports administrator heading the Nigeria and West Africa, Cricket Association and Conference respectively. He was in the 1990’s, a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), representing West Africa for 4 years. For nearly 40 years he has been an avid art collector and a patron of the arts. His dream of nurturing contemporary Nigerian art and documenting same for academic and other purposes led to the creation of the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visuals Arts.
Mr Fisher sits on the board of trustees of numerous organizations including the FCMVA where he gives creative direction to the activities of the Foundation.
Jess CASTELLOTE [Advisor & Director]:
Jess Castellote (Zaragoza, 1956) is a Spanish architect working in Nigeria as a Project Manager since 1984.
He combines his professional work with an intense involvement in several not-for-profit organizations, promoting development and educational projects in the country. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture (UPV, Valencia) and one in Art History (UNED, Madrid). Over the years, he has been a keen observer of the Nigerian art scene.
In 2004, he organized the exhibition “Without Borders” featuring works by Kainebi Osahenye, Wole Lagunju, Ben Osaghae and Rom Isichei. Since then, he has organized six other exhibitions and eleven “private viewings” of works by emerging Nigerian artists. Currently, he is the Director of the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art, an online educational resource he initiated at the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos. He is also the Director of the Foundation for Contemporary and Modern Visual Arts (FCMVA) and he acts as an independent art advisor to private and corporate bodies. Since 2008, he maintains a widely accessed blog on contemporary art in Nigeria: “A view from my corner”. In 2012, he edited and published the book Contemporary Nigerian Art in Lagos Private Collections and in 2014, he co-authored the art monograph “Osaghae -Visual Chronicles of a Society in Flux”.
Akinyemi ADETUNJI [Curator & Manager]:
Akinyemi Adetunji is an art curator and administrator; an alumnus of the Pan-Atlantic University, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and a graduate student of Managerial Psychology at the University of Lagos.
With an educational background in Management, Akinyemi specializes in art curation for New Media. He is a portfolio manager for a handful of artists, private art collectors and institutional organizations.
He acted as the Assistant Director and Curator for the Pan-Atlantic University’s Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art; one of the first institutional Virtual Museums in Nigeria. He is the present Curator and Manager at the FCMVA, where he has documented and curated approximately 12,000 contemporary Nigerian artworks since the Foundation’s inception in 2014 and he also doubles as the Art Director for Artyrama Online; the online gallery.
Akinyemi Adetunji is a co-author of the book OSAGHAE -Visual Chronicles of a Society in Flux; a specialized monograph on Ben Osaghae, featuring scholarly research on the artist and his oeuvre. He contributed to the art book by Jess Castellote & Olayinka Fisher –KOLADE OSHINOWO and he is working on other titles.
Akinyemi acts as Project Manager to many other art oriented projects including art exhibitions, documentary productions and book publishing projects, etc.