Award-winning Ghanaian Artist Amoako Boako recently collaborated with Dior to present the Dior Spring/Summer 2021.
Amoako’s art pieces are a very unique one, the art he produces reflects on his upbringing and Black culture at large while challenging masculine stereotypes.
According to Mariane Ibrahim, Boafo’s portrait paintings are enticing in their lucidity, accentuating the figures in each work, who are regularly isolated on single color backgrounds, their gaze the focal point of each work. The brushstrokes are thick and gestural, the contours of the body almost soften into abstraction. The most well known of his series, the Black Diaspora portraits serve as a means of celebration of his identity and Blackness.
Boafo emphasizes, “The primary idea of my practice is a representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach blackness.” Much of his work is inspired by his upbringing, commenting on how males are raised to be aggressive and masculine, which he challenges in his works. Although the artists underlying messages are quite intense, there is a certain softness to the works as a whole, the poses are serene and the skin luminous.
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