Abass Kelani was born in 1979 and holds an Ordinary National Diploma with a distinction from Yaba College of Technology. In 2007, he earned a Higher National Diploma from the same institution, where he won the award for the best overall performance in the School of Art, Design and Printing.
His work increasingly probes the difficult relations of belonging and identity and in particular, the shared history of man and machines through a wide range of different media including sound. In addition to acrylics, oils, pastels and charcoal, he employs modeling paste, disused printing machine parts, and collages of magazine cut-outs and newsprint in his work.
His more recent work Calendar Series boldly celebrates the image of the family in the typical African society within thematic sections of inheritance, childhood, parenting, marriage and kinship.
Kelani has received several accolades including first place in the Caterina de Medici painting competition organized as part of the Black Heritage Festival, Lagos in 2010.
He is widely exhibited and is a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists.