Biography

The painter Aloaye Noms Adoro was born in 1973 in Enugu, Nigeria. He arrived in Manresa (in the Barcelona region of Catalonia, Spain) in 2006, the city in which he currently lives and works.

 

After studying artistic techniques for four years (1995-1999) at a public technical school in Nigeria, Norris obtained scholarships to continue his education in Oslo (2004) and in Chicago (2006), where he also collaborated with projects in museums and galleries, worked as an assistant professor, participated in collective exhibitions and made his first individual exhibitions.

 

His time in Norway and the United States was full of enriching experiences that marked the start of a promising career. In these countries, he learned about favorable artistic environments from up close, in which the opportunity to exchange ideas with artists from different backgrounds and cultures, and understand the fundamental concepts of art, guided him in defining his path and the true sense of his artistic work. Like all contemporary African artists who attempt to make a path through international art market circuits, Norris has also faced barriers of prejudice, cliches and labels.

 

Despite the challenges of finding opportunities where he now lives, a less favorable cultural environment than others he has experienced, Norris continues to push forward through experimentation in search of a highly expressive artistic language, combining form and abstraction with the objective of communicating his personal point of view regarding the human, social, political and environmental issues concerning the world today.

 

In his work, whether in paintings or with installations in which he uses traditional techniques and new technologies, daily scenes from his country of origin and his host country are omnipresent – scenes related to his personal life, full of childhood memories. They are images that speak for themselves about local (African) themes, which are also global, simultaneously distant yet close, and which leave the possibility open for spectators to participate in the personal reflection and defense of values proposed to us by the artist.

 

Artist Statement


My art is an ongoing commentary on social issues that arise from everyday activities and events. I refer to my creative process as making statements or interpretations about personal experiences, relationships with other people, and happenings in the world around me from, in particular relating to my feelings and responses to various events.  In addition to my contemporary perspective, childhood experiences and how they influenced me are also important aspects of my work, as well as traditional folklore and stories handed down from generation to generation.  

People are so mobile today, constantly moving and relocating from one place to another, that our pasts have a tendency to be lost.  So at the same time that I explore and comment on current events and issues in my work, I also feel that preserving our histories and the wisdom of those who came before us is essential to understanding what happens in our lives today.  By revealing my perspectives and opinions on matters, taking into consideration both the past and the present, I invite viewers to reflect on these issues and also to encourage discourse.

Curriculum

EDUCATION

 

2006    

Master of Fine Art in Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

 

2004

Bachelor of Arts, National Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo, Norway  

 

1999

Ordinary Diploma and Higher Diploma in Painting, Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
 

2021
Nostalgia, Espai Expositiu 2 de Gener, Artes (Barcelona), Spain

 

2018
Nostalgia, Centre Cultural El Casino, Manresa (Barcelona), Spain

 

2014

Paintings of Aloaye Norris Adoro, Súria (Barcelona), Spain

 

2007

Cycle of life, Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

 

2006

New works, Gallery LNM, Oslo, Norway

 

2006

Open studios, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

 

2003

Room 2, Gallery 21:24 Vestbanen, Oslo, Norway

 

2001

Walls, Gallery 21:24 Vestbanen, Oslo, Noray

 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2021 

Quality Expo, Zohart Galley, Barcelona, Spain

 

2021

Art Confinat, in L’Anonima, Manresa (Barcelona), Spain

 

2012

Paradox of Painting, curated by Gavin Jantjes, in collaboration with Gallery LNM and National Musuem Oslo, Norway

 

2008   

4 Norske, Gallery LNM, Oslo, Norway 

 

2007   

Norsk Bilder ’07, Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo, Norway

 

2006   

Graduate exhibition, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA 

 

2006    

Forjulsutstillingen 2006 Samtidskunst, Nordkappmuseet, Oslo, Norway

 

 

 

 

 

 2005

Unge inviterte, Gallery LNM, Oslo, Norway 

 

2005

Norsk Bilder ‘05, Gallery Brandsturp, Oslo, Norway

 

2004

Avgangsutstillingen (The final year exhibition), National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Sternersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway 

 

2004

Norsk Bilder ‘04, Gallery Brandsturp, Oslo, Norway

 

2003

The Untruth, Artemisia Cultural Association, Chieti, Italy

 

2002

Work, World, Creativity, Museo de la Ciudad, Valencia, Spain

 

1998

The Final Year Exhibition, Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Edo State, Nigeria

 
COLLABORATION 

 

2001 

The Bastard. Metronome no 7, edited by Clémentine Deliss. London, Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Norsk ganger fire. Dagsavisen, Norway, January 11, 2008

 

Afrikanske linjer. Aftenposten, Norway, June-02- 2006

 

Påstanden om at maleriet er dødt er dødfødt. Aftenposten, Norway, May 26, 2004

 

Lovende synsprøver. Dagbladet. Norway, June 20, 2004

 

Maleri Bevissthet. Morgenbladet, Norway, May 7, 2004

 

Work, World, Creativity, Exhibition Catalogue, Spain 2002 

 
AWARDS AND GRANTS

 

2006    

MFA Graduate fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

 

2004 – 2006

The Trustee Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

 

2000 – 2004 

Stipend, Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo, Norway 

 

2004

Stipend, Statens Kunstnerstipend, Oslo, Norway  

 

2003    

Hans Odegaards Legat for Norske Malere Grant, Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo, Norway 

 

2003

Stipend, Gallery 2125/2124 Vestbanen, Oslo, Norway 

 

2002

Stipend, Gallery 2125/2124 Vestbanen, Oslo, Norway

 
ACADEMIC POSITIONS AND RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

2006

Assistant Professor, Multi level painting, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

2005

Gallery Assistant, Gallery 2, Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

2001

Installation, Astrup Fernley Museum, Oslo, Norway

 

1999

Art Teacher in National Youth Service Corps, Eti Osa Community High School, Lagos, Nigeria 

 

1996

Artist Assistant. Industrial Training, Oyelade Industrial Prints Ltd., Ibadan, Nigeria

 

1995

Industrial Attachment, Creative Art Consortium (Painting and Sculpture), Benin, Nigeria