Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Hakeem Olayinka

Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence

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Hakeem Olayinka

Purchase, New York
Early Art Practitioner AIR
Instagram @heemladream

Hakeem Olayinka is a Washington, DC, native visual artist. He got his high school education from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he acquired the confidence to pursue his artistic endeavors and continue his formal education in the visual arts. Experimentation is one of Hakeem’s strong suits, and he works with many different mediums, using a wide range of artistic practices including painting, sculpture, and performance. His work draws on emotions of defeat, anger, and frustrations in his personal life that relate to the black experience in America. Hakeem is currently pursuing his BFA in Painting and Drawing/Sculpture at SUNY Purchase (graduating Fall 2019).


“Through my work, I’m trying to express feelings that are hard for me to explain out loud. Although I often don’t specify exactly what my emotions are directed towards, my pieces express the feelings I’m projecting, using color and figures that personify these attitudes.”


  • Just Walking Here, 2018, paper, ink pen and pencil, 12 x 16 inches

  • Masked Date, 2018, oil and acrylic paint on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

  • Leave Me Alone, 2018

  • Red Room, 2018

All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.