Born Ómò Oba (Prince) Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo in Abeokuta, Nigeria; into three royal families: the Gbadebo royal family of Egba Kingdom and the Ademiluyi family of Ilé-Ifè Kingdom as well as the Oshodi (Tapa) family from Lagos. Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo uses his Yorùbá heritage and life experiences to create his pieces based on emotions and the journey that life stitches; he embodies a spiritual trance while he creates. He does not associate himself with any artistic movement; for it is with the guidance of Olódùmarè that he executes his message. As multiple ideas develop in his conscious and unconscious mind, they evolve into languages of spiritual prowess, guided by Orishas (Yorùbá spiritual ancestors), Olódùmarè (Yorùbá creator of all beings on earth) and Ifá philosophy (Yorùbá religious concept); with the inclusion of his global travels. He also pushes to teach humanity to truly see what they are choosing not to see; question all conscious solutions given, while selflessly aiming for positive progression for all alike and different. Yorùbá spirituality, teachings of communal emphasis, human will, Yorùbá music by greats such as Chife Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo as well activist and musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti have a huge influence on why he creates fierce and conversational works of art today.
Apart from the focus on his artistic practices; Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo has also participated in being on many artistic boards, such as is presence as a board member on the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MAEP) program. He has also directed many artistic programs focused on African art and Adults with special needs. Now; Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo focuses on promoting African art and culture globally as an ambassador to his people.
Òmó Oba Gbadebo states: "I create art for the future of my being and those that have come before me, and for those around the world who need inspiration and hope to deal with humanity's prosperities and discords, as well as the preservation of the Yorùbá culture and philosophies. I create to challenge people's previously unquestioned intellect. I want my people as well as those foreign to my existence to be reminded of where they have come from and where they need to go for a sustained equilibrium of life for all”. Òmó Oba Gbadebo, also focuses on collecting art globally as well as retaining strong relationships with establishments in support of the global art scene; which he states, “fuels and enlightens his artistic practices”.
In describing himself, Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo says: “I am just a Yorùbá man and a mortal, flesh and bones; a custodian of culture; a vessel for Olódùmarè and my people; sharing his philosophies and journeys with all; for a better enlightened future aimed at humanity - socially, morally, intellectually, economically, and spiritually”.
Òmó Oba (Prince) Gbadebo is also the CEO and founder of Ori Consulting Group (Oriifa). Ori Consulting Group is a company that focuses on positive development across Africa as well as other global landscapes. Currently, Ori consulting groups, focuses on the arts and culture sector.
“The term artist is not one that should be abused; it is a privilege not a right”.
Ómò Oba(HRH). Adetomiwa A. Gbadebo