Art Works: 10 Of Ghana’s Famous Artists

top 10 artist in ghana

In a worldwide domain that is socially assorted, mechanically dynamic, and multifaceted, it is essential to observe neighborhood craftsmen. Ghana brags several productive gifts who utilize exceptional strategies. In no specific request.

here is a list of top 10 artist and their work

Ibrahim Mahama

Born in 1987 and based in Tamale, Ibrahim Mahama conceives large-scale installations. He likes to use old jute sacks, which were previously used to transport cocoa beans and charcoal, stitching them together and draping them over architectural units. His most recent piece is a monumental sculpture of stacked ‘shoeshine’ boxes, pointing to the recurring themes of national decay and collapse. The artist’s work was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale. Mahama explains that the hope is that objects’ ‘residues – stained, broken and abandoned, but bearing light – might lead us into new possibilities and spaces beyond.’

Non Orientable Nkansa II. 1901-2030, 2016 for Future Generation Art Prize, (c) Art[dot]net

Paa Joe

Paa Joe is a maker of uncanny palanquins and fantasy coffins. He was born in Accra in 1947, and began his career in the workshop of Ghana’s first fantasy coffin fabricator, Kane Kwei. Paa Joe started his own set-up in 1976 and trained several artists. His fantasy coffins are in the collections of many art museums worldwide, and he has had his work shown in parts of Europe, Japan and the USA. Many books and films, like Paa Joe & the Lion, have been made in tribute to his art.

Paa Joe and Son, (c) ANO Ghana

Serge Attukwei Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey, born in 1985 in Accra, is known for his plastic patchwork installations, performance, charcoal portraits, photography and sculpture. The artist interrogates personal and family narratives, as well as collective histories, and maps consumerism to trade and migration. With bold assemblages of cut or whole yellow gallon containers, he comments on modern Africa. He is the founder of Ghana’s GoLokalperformance collective, which aims to transform society through art.

Serge Attukwei at Work, (c) Francis Kokroko / TheStudio

Zohra Opoku

Social dissipation and commodification of all things African spark inquiries conceptualized through “West African traditions, spirituality, the thread of family lineage as they relate to self authorship and the politics of hybrid identity” in Zohra Opoku’s work. She is a German/Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Accra using textiles, design, installation, sculpture and photography. Her work has been exhibited in Capetown, Lagos and Hamburg, among other places.

UNRAVELED THREADS 2017: Screenprints on cotton, canvas & linen / (c) Artist

Adjo Kisser 

Adjo’s work debates gender roles and tags in her environment. Through visual metaphors and puns she disturbs disconcerting entities. Her work entitled The Portrait Series was exhibited as part of Voyage of (Re)Discovery at Nubuke Foundation and Ussher Fort- James Town, Accra.

Adjo Kisser at the Asafo Interchange- Kumasi, (c) Ashanti Immigrant

Latifah Idriss

Through travel, Latifah Idriss has recorded the different business, household and mixture employments of stands in Ghana, utilizing her revelations to project blueprints for the booths without bounds. She incorporates architecture and art in her procedure and trusts that engineering and figure are equipollent configurations which benefit shape for nature to meet individuals’ requests. She is right now an architecture understudy and assistants in a couple of workmanship show spaces in Accra.

Work by Latifah Idriss, (c) ANO Ghana

Bright Ackwerh

Bright Ackwerh uses painting, illustration and street art to create solid satirical statements. He was the 2016 recipient of Ghana’s Kuenyehia Prize. The artist is a believer of administering art to conceptualize possibilities, forecast future happenings, and engage society in the moment with blunt colourful counter-narratives, as opposed to the media misrepresentations. His work has addressed illegal mining, police brutality, neo-colonialism, political malpractices and the deadlock that makes it difficult or unreasonably pricey for artists from Africa to collaborate with their counterparts from other continents.

We Dey Beg by Bright Arckwerh, (c) Artist

Bernard Akoi-Jackson

Bernard Akoi-Jackson is an artist and writer indulging in a continually dynamic process through “ephemeral, make-shift memorials and performative rituals of the mundane.” He employs dance, poetry, installation, photography and video to navigate personal and collective history. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. His work has been presented in Ghana, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, Nigeria, Portugal and Germany .

Bernard Akoi-Jackson, (c) Artist

Ama ‘Poetra’ Diaka 

Ama Diaka is a poet, writer, designer, performer, illustrator and a hodgepodge of creative potential. “My aim is to be useful to my community and the people around me,” Ama has stated, “either as a mouthpiece for issues and topics that need to be discussed, or as a link to connect problems with solutions.”  Her work speaks to feminism, inequality and mental health. She has participated in a Femrite workshop, Farfina Trust Residency and 1beat’s project. She leads educational programmes for youth with the nonprofit LoveRocks.

Twentieslifecycle, (c) Artist

KwKwame Akoto-Bamfo’s installation of 1,200 solid heads, called Faux-Reedom, delineates Ghana’s hesitant genealogical echoes. The work was disclosed at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum on Ghana’s 60th Independence Day in March 2017. The investigation is stemmed on the truth of  continuation, tirelessness and resonation in an Africa(with concentrate on Ghana) where independence from frontier govern obliges underdevelopment crosswise over board. Kwame also represents considerable authority in fusing digital crafts of graphical painting, 3D displaying and perception, with conventional media. When he is not making in the studio, he spends time addressing at different tertiary organizations.

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