Amoako Boafo – Images in his Head | Arts.21 – The Tradition Magazine | DW

“In fact, my images are completed just before I even start off painting. I generate them in my head. I know beforehand what they will become,” suggests Amoako Boafo in an interview. Did he also foresee he would set off a outrageous buzz and speculative increase on the art current market? Until a few decades in the past, barely any person knew who Amoako Boafo was. Fueled in part by debates bordering the Black Life Make any difference movement, the worth of his function on the artwork marketplace quickly improved by extra than 15 instances its estimated price. In February 2020, one of his paintings marketed at auction for about 800,000 euros. An additional 1 is in the assortment of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. What is the solution driving his results? Amoako Boafo, born in Accra in 1984 to a fisherman and a cook dinner, was an avid tennis player and talented painter from a young age. Torn amongst his two passions, he opted for art. Soon after schooling at the Ghanatta College or university of Art and Style in Accra, in 2014, he was provided an chance to study in Europe, at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. In the Austrian capital, the Western African art pupil encountered the works of 20th century Viennese modernism, the European Art Nouveau. These would a long lasting impact on him. Motivated by the artwork of his two idols, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, Amoako Boafo commenced to paint masterful, rigorous, sensual portraits.

Portrait by Amoako Boafo

He paints the faces of his figures right on to the canvas with his fingers. He portrays exclusively Black people today, surrounded by colourful models, and has formulated a new, unmistakable model. The style environment is also nuts about his designs. Kim Jones, head designer of French luxurious label Dior, asked him to style and design the 2021 summer time selection. Amoako Boafo has risen to the Mount Olympus of artwork in a very brief time and is a single of the few Ghanaian artists to have accomplished so.

Art collector Timo Miettinen in front of a portrait by Amoako Boafo

Now he needs to help other youthful artists from his nation, and established up an artwork faculty in Accra: “I consider which is what I received from Vienna,” states Amoako Boafo in an interview with DW. “In Ghana, we all discover how to paint, we learn the method. But we don´t master how to talk and how to critique and share with every single other to get greater. That´s what I want to facilitate listed here.” While he´s a person of the most sought-after artists of the instant, Amoako Boafo is aware that good results on the artwork market place is walking a great line, and how significant it is to have a fantastic network. Arts.21 satisfies the preferred artist in private, in his studio in Accra and in Vienna´s Museumsquartier.