Artist. Researcher. Philanthropist.
Faustin Adeniran is a contemporary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. For the past eight years, his work has been to reimagine materials that would otherwise be considered trash or recyclable.
Through extensive historical research and deep observation of cultural trends, his work takes a critical view of social and political issues. Faustin's art series reflect elements of the communities he encounters.
His vision is to encourage, educate, and inspire positive social impact through his artworks.
“If you want to learn about a society, look at what it throws away.”
Latest Work: Society Series
My current body of work, Society Series, focuses on American culture and uses aluminum cans as a medium of expression.
On the surface, American culture can be viewed as flamboyant, capitalistic, and wasteful. This can be reflected when we see how people consume and how they waste. The people who throw cans away are the richest in society. However, there is a whole sector of individuals who collect cans to make a living. Those people are the very ones who are the most vulnerable. They are the people who are thrown away by the general public—the mentally ill, the unemployed and for whatever reason, the unemployable.
As cans change hands within this process, the rich and the poor are united in a cycle of waste, that essentially becomes a cycle of rebirth and unity. Externally, the can is a vessel for industry rivalry, consumer preference, and overconsumption, but when the individual pieces of the cans come together in my art works, they create a richer whole that embraces the beauty of unity and diversity.
In the News
Commissioned Work for PepsiCo CEO and one of Forbes' List Most Powerful Women in the World, Indra Nooyi
In October 2016, Yale School of Management honored Indra Nooyi with one of my original artworks.