Creative Foundation Board of Directors and Officers

Full bio of the following to be posted later . . .

Afeez Ismail (Vice President and Treasurer of the CFI)

Babatunde Akinjo (Secretary and Financial Secretary of the CFI)

TanmayBakshi (Life Mentor, CFI)

Dr. Tito Daodu (Life Mentor, CFI)

Barbara Dixon (Life Mentor, CFI)

Larry Partap (Life Mentor, CFI)

Garry Green

Garry Green is an Advisory Board Member of the Creative Foundation Inc. He is Winnipeg based entrepreneur. He holds degrees from Red River College in Carpentry and Graphic Arts. Garry has been operating his store, Framing & Art Centre, for twenty years as a retail custom picture framer, gallery and gift shop. Firmly rooted in the local arts scene, Garry has been representing almost exclusively Manitoba based artists and artisans with the goal of connecting artists to art buyers within their own community. In joining the board of Creative Foundation, Garry hopes his knowledge and passion for the arts will be an asset towards inspiring young people in the community to explore and develop their creative abilities.

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji

Catherine Rust-Akinbolaji is an Assistant Professor at Providence University College. She loves teaching World Music and training teachers of English. She has lived in Hong Kong and Slovakia and has been to 18 different countries. She dreams of traveling to more places but is equally happy learning about other cultures from her students. Catherine is an Advisory Board Member of the Creative Foundation Inc.

Yisa Akinbolaji

Chairman and Coordinator

Yisa Akinbolaji is an established Winnipeg full-time interdisciplinary artist. Yisa is a first black artist to have his work displayed at the Senate of Canada (2020). He has extensively engaged in numerous solo and group art exhibitions (local and international) for more than thirty years. Yisa, a Canadian citizen originally from Nigeria was featured on the cover of Art Business News, New York, in November 2011 for his distinctive painting technique. His dexterity and uncompromising creative freedom as registered in his colour usage has earned him several commissioned projects in paintings and mosaic installation.

Yisa has lived and practiced art in Winnipeg, Canada since 1997. Yisa was elected to the membership of Manitoba Society of Artists in 2000, becoming its President in 2001 at the 100th Anniversary and serving until 2003. Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, Yisa Akinbolaji was recognized as a leading Nigerian artist with his work and biography included in Nigerian Artists: A Who's Who and Bibliography (1993) compiled and edited by Bernice Kelly and Janet L. Stanley of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington. D.C. Yisa has also been featured in live radio and television art events. Between 1988 and 1997, Yisa taught Fine Art at the Lagos State Model College, Badore. In 1988 and 1989 he was adjunct Drawing and Painting Instructor at the Lagos State College of Education, Ijanikin.

In 1993, Yisa began to explore a new technique. This technique he further developed while obtaining his M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of North Dakota. At UND, where he graduated with distinction, Yisa studied under the supervision of Professor Arthur Jones (Chair), Professor Kim Fink and Prof. Brian Paulsen. Yisa also obtained a Diploma in Advertising Art (Graphic Design) from Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Incorporated since 1999

in Manitoba, Canada

At the occasion of Premier’s Volunteer Service Award presented to Yisa Akinbolaji on April 23, 2018.

We are a charitable organization based in Winnipeg, Canada