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Chief Jimoh Buraimoh (b. 1943) is a Nigerian painter and artist. Chief Buraimoh is one of the most influential artist to emerge from the 1960s workshops conducted by Ulli Beier and Georgina Beier in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. He is most known for his beadwork in the Oshogbo style. He is a grass root artist who rose from grass to grace having imbibed the love of art from his mother who was into mat weaving.

He can be regarded as a cornerstone of artistic development and cultural renaissance in Osogbo. He has been a foundation for the establishment of many Federal and State Cultural Institutions in the town. In 1963, he joined Duro Ladipo theatre as an electrician and rose to become the Manager. He was among the first six that were selected in Ulli and Georging Beier Workshop.

Chief Buraimoh’s works, widely exhibited in solo and group presentations, continue to be shown at the world’s finest galleries: In 2002 Chief Buraimoh was featured in Visions of Yoruba, a two-artist show at the October Gallery in London, England. Important retrospectives in the United States include Colours of Africa, Contemporary Art from the Continent at Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina in 2003; The World Moves – We Follow: Celebrating African Art at McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2002; and A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960’s at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC in 2000