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Legendary Artist Professor Yusuf Grillo Dies at 86 Due to COVID-19 Complications

Professor Yusuf Grillo is dead.

According to Punch, this was confirmed by Gboyega Grillo, the son of the veteran artist, who said that the legendary artist died in the early hours of Monday, August 23, 2021, following to COVID-19 complications.

The famous painted will be buried today at 4 p.m at Atan cemetery in Lagos.

A bit about him, per Punch:

Yusuf Grillo, a contemporary Nigerian artist, born in 1934, was known for his inventive works and the prominence of the color blue in many of his paintings.

He became prominent and recognised internationally in the 1960s and 1970s, while exhibiting a large collection of his early works.

He made use of his western art training in many of his paintings, combining western art techniques with traditional Yoruba sculpture characteristics.

His preference for color blue in natural settings, painting is sometimes similar to the adire or resist-dye textiles used in Nigeria.

He was a former Head of the Department of Art and Printing, Yaba College of Technology in Lagos State.

Grillo was the first president of the Society of Nigerian Artists.

He was 86.

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