Born in Accra, Ghana, Amoako Boafo studied at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Accra, Ghana before attending the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. Regarded as a notable young voice in art of the African diaspora, Amoako Boafo has emphasized new approaches to the “representation, documentation, and celebration of Blackness.”
Boafo was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize in 2017 and the STRABAG Art award International in 2019 both in Vienna, Austria. In 2019, he participated in a residency with the new Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida and in 2020 collaborated with Dior for their Spring/Summer 2021 Men Collection. Important solo shows include I Stand By Me, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago (2020), I See Me, Roberts Projects, LA (2019), Amoako Boafo: Artist in Residence, Rubell Museum, Miami (2019) Re-Masculinity, Brasil House, Accra (2018) and Step Into The Darkness Kunsthalle Vienna (2017). Boafo has been presented in group shows including Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2020) and OPEN STORAGE, The Bass Museum, Miami (2020).
Widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by Blenheim Art Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Rubell Museum, Marieluise Hessel Collection, the Aishti Foundation, the CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, the Pizzuti Collection of Columbus Museum of Art and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
Gallery 1957, proudly presents the contributions of Ghana’s compelling voices in contemporary art. Homecoming: The Aesthetic of the Cool, showcases new work of Amoako Boafo, Kwesi Botchway, and Otis Quaicoe, for the first time in a group presentation, and most appropriately, in the birthplace of the artists, Accra Ghana.
This exhibit is open from 26th March – 9th May, 2021 by appointment only.
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