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An indigene of Ikorodu, Lagos State of Nigeria, Kolade Oshinowo was born in 1948.

He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1972. Oshinowo joined the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos as a lecturer in 1974 and rose to become the Deputy Rector of the institution. At the Yaba School of Art and Design, he was a rallying point for all students he established the naturalistic style of the painting section of the School of Art and Design.

A recipient of several awards, Oshinowo was conferred with the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) in 2004.