Nia Olabesi

Nia Olabesi was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and relocated to Austin, Texas in 2018 to be closer to her daughter. Olabesi happily retired in 2011 with 38 years of federal government service and since then she has returned to her joy of being a painter, actor and entertainer. Olabesi is an accomplished jazz stylist, recording artist and singer-songwriter. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. for over a decade, with her former jazz band The Nia Olabesi Trio. Olabesi is a self-taught abstract artist and her medium of choice is acrylic mixed media and collage. As a performer, creating art is another form of self expression. Working with acrylic bold colors and mediums of various viscosities inject rhythm and movement into her work. Olabesi achieves a vast range of textures using gels, mediums, pastes, mixed media and collage elements that give depth to her work. Olabesi finds layering techniques a challenge, inspiring and absolutely liberating! Olabesi is currently a Resident Artist with Austin ArtSpace Gallery & Studios located in Austin.

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