Daniel Obasi is a Nigerian art director, stylist and photographer based in Lagos.
Obasi’s work aligns itself with advancing the scope of African narratives through visual mediums. While Obasi majored in Language at university, Daniel developed an interest in the world of fashion, subsequently becoming intrigued by how society around him perceived gender roles and masculinity. He went on to spend some time working as a fashion intern for Ours Magazine and worked as a stylist with several notable Nigerian luxury brands.
In 2017, he made his first major film and editorial work, Illegal Project on gender non-conforming expressions in an African setting. The project went on to launch his career as a Nigerian Artist who questions and challenges societal norms on sexuality, masculinity and gender roles.
Obasi's aesthetics are best described as whimsical, soft, ethereal and Afrocentric. His 2018 Afrofuturism film, An Alien In Town pays homage to old African cinema and advocates for Africans to own their narratives especially with regards to foreign influences. His 2019 film Udara uses fantastical elements of storytelling to explore the igbo culture while addressing the relationship between christianity and traditional beliefs.
Obasi's work as part of the New Black Vanguard’s traveling exhibition was shown at Arles Recontres, France. His latest project is a documentary film on his home city Lagos made with Lonely Planet, where Obasi refers to the city as his muse and aims to redefine how Lagos is seen by celebrating its beauty and mystery.
His works have been featured with Vogue US, Vogue Portugal, Architectural Digest, Rollingstone UK, Financial Times, Kaleidoscope magazine Oxosi, Nataal, Marie Claire, Hunger magazine, Kaltblut, Indie Magazine, Disorder magazine UK, CNN Africa, VSCO, Afropunk, Okay Africa, and i-D among others. He has also art directed a number of fashion films including: Embers of Bloom, illegal, and Vlisco: An Alien in Town.