Marcus Akinlana began painting murals with Public Art Works Inc. as a youth in Washington D.C. He graduated in 1988 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. and has lived in Washington D.C., Chicago and New Orleans. While studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Akinlana had the opportunity to assist Jon Pounds and Olivia Gude, two leading artists of the Chicago Public Art Group (CPAG). He went on to join CPAG and to execute numerous public and collaborative murals and community based public art projects. In the late eighties, Akinlana founded two companies: WON Mural Society, which over the past fifteen years has designed and fabricated numerous public art projects both nationally and internationally. And Positive Creations Creations, his fine art based company, which retails his original paintings and art works, limited and open edition prints. He is now the Artistic Director who spearheads all creative endeavors of the businesses. Art in America selected a mural by Akinlana as the “Best Public Art of 1995” and included his “Mile High & Rising” project in “Public Art Review 2000”.
Last updated: Feb 29, 2016