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Born in 1940, Muraina Oyelami is one of the products of the Oshogbo Art Movement. He was one of the early artists in the Oshogbo Art School set up by Professor Ulli Berger and his wife Georgine Beier.

He not only specialised in visual arts, he also is a great performing artist. He studied technical theatre and theatre design at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Muraina's paintings are unique in his use of geometrical shapes to depict figures and landscapes. This style of work has earned him recognition as a modernist in Nigerian visual art.

He has exhibited his works and held several workshops on Yoruba talking drums and cultural aesthetics in many countries of the world. He has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Staatlichen Kunsthalle, Berlin, Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC and Institute of Cont.emporary Arts, London, to mention a few.