Kunle Adewale is an artist by profession and a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria with specialization in painting and art history. In 2015, Kunle studied Civic Leadership at Tulane University, New Orleans,United States of America. With over a decade experience as an artist and educationist, Kunle founded Tender Arts Nigeria in 2013, a non-profit making organization which positively impacts children and youth with focus on art therapy, art education, talent development, community development and civic engagement. He has impacted over 15000 beneficiaries through his art programs in 4 years in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. He has facilitated Therapeutic Art Projects for Children and Young Adults in Nigeria, West Africa and South Africa, among them include Children Living with Cancer Foundation Nigeria, Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria, Down syndrome Foundation Nigeria, Westbury Youth Centre South Africa, Special Correctional Centre For Girls and young persons with Autism.
Tender Arts in Partnership with National Sickle Cell Centre pioneered Arts in Medicine programs in Nigeria.
In 2014, He was nominated for Global Teacher Prize organized by Varkeys Foundation in the United Kingdom .He was once the international program and art director of ICEHA’s Healing Through Art for survivors of Boko haram insurgency in North East Nigeria which has benefited over 10,000 survivors in the IDPS camp, children and women inclusive. Some of his community based projects has been supported by U S Department of State, U S Consulate Lagos, and endorsed by International Child Arts Foundation, Washington D.C, Society of Nigerian Artists, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Young African Leaders Initiative, Terra-kulture Art Gallery, Lagos Nigeria, Quintessence Art Gallery Lagos Nigeria, Lagos State Ministry of Sports Youth and Social Development, Association of Private Educators of Nigeria and Committee of Relevant Arts (CORA) Lagos Nigeria.
In August 2015, Kunle had the honour of meeting President Barack Obama through Mandela Washington Fellowship award for Young African leaders in Washington D.C.
He was also specially recognized by Smithsonian Institution Washington DC. In 2015 and he was named Young African ambassador for Art and Culture by The Arts Council of New Orleans, Louisiana USA. He has featured on international and local media platform like Voice of America Washington D.C. South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC 3) EbonyLife TV, Voice of Nigeria, NTA, STV, TVC, Radio Nigeria 1 among many others to mention but a few. His social impacts has been published in print media and viewed on electronic media.
Kunle is an International Advocate For persons living Sickle Cell Anemia. He is a scholarship recipient of Arts in Medicine College of Arts, University of Florida.
He is a recipient of 2016 Commonwealth Youth Worker Award in United Kingdom.
Kunle is raising young advocates for Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria through his art education/advocacy initiative “ARTS4SDGS” (Arts For Sustainable Development Goals) in partnership with United Nations Information Centre Lagos and He is a member of Art Therapy Without Borders Inc.
Kunle was recognized for his contribution to Personal Mastery Program by Neuro-Linguistic Program in Nigeria. He is a public speaker, career counselor and Life Coach. He is passionate about youth development in Africa.