Starting today, Seattle Art Museum presents Amoako Boafo’s debut solo museum exhibition ‘Soul of Black Folks’, curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, on display until September 10th.
Amoako Boafo, born in Accra, Ghana in 1984, was self-taught in painting and attended the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2007. He later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, earning the Walter Koschatzky Art Prize for his portraits of African diaspora. Boafo has gained recognition for his work, including his inaugural museum exhibition, ‘Soul of Black Folks’. He also initiated dot.ateliers, an artist residency and gallery in Accra, promoting artistic growth.
‘Soul of Black Folks’ features portraits created over six years, offering a new perspective on acknowledging and visualizing Black people. Boafo views his work as therapeutic expression, allowing Black personalities to be recognized and celebrated as a testament to individuality and respect for Blackness. Boafo’s artwork showcases a sophisticated depiction of modern Black existence using fingertips instead of traditional brushes. He skillfully carves out unique traits, adding depth to the paintings.
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Source: Seattle Art Museum.