Artists hailing from Africa are getting recognition internationally due to their exceptional works. One artist who is a driving force in the arts industry globally is Amoako Boafo. Amoako Boafo was born in Accra, Ghana in the year 1984.
He studied art at the Ghanatt College of Art and Design before relocating to Austria with his wife. He later pursued an MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. The Ghanaian-born artist developed a very distinctive style by being able to use his fingerprints to paint portraits of African heritage to which he won the 2017 Walter Koschatzky Art Prize for his works on a paper by artists under 35 and the 2019 Strabag Arts Award International for students under 40.
Amoako Boafo’s works have been compared to Austrianexpressionist and figurative painter Elon Schiele
In 2020, The Lemon Suit Art by Amoako Boafo was sold for $881,550(GH5,324,241) at the Philips 20th Century and Contemporary Art evening in London, United Kingdom. He had that “ wow moment” when his paintings entered space. The Suborbital Triptych painting included a portrait of his mother and his mother’s friend which was embedded on three parachute panels on the outside of the capsules at the top. The New Shepard spacecraft blasted off into space at the Blue origin basein the USA and landed safely after liftoff.
“I am honored to be one of the first Black men to have my works sent to space. I am very excited to be part of this from a historical standpoint”
Amoako Boafo is expected to paint more portraits for his “Suborbital Triptych” initiative. We wish him the very best in his next paintings.
Story By Samuel Addo-Kofi