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Amoako Boafo

Accra, Ghana, 1984

Biography

Amoako Boafo (born in Accra, Ghana, in 1984) is a contemporary artist whose vibrant and expressive portraiture has garnered international acclaim. Boafo’s work is a celebration of Black identity, exploring themes of beauty, strength, and cultural heritage.

Primarily known for his striking use of color and textured brushwork, Boafo’s portraits capture the essence of his subjects in a way that is both powerful and intimate. His depictions often feature bold, gestural strokes that emphasize the emotional depth and individuality of each person portrayed.

Boafo’s rise to prominence in the art world has been meteoric. His work has been exhibited in major art institutions globally, including the Rubell Museum in Miami, the ICA Boston, and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. Notable solo exhibitions include “I Stand by Me” at the Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Chicago.

One of Boafo’s most distinctive series is his “Black Diaspora” collection, where he skillfully explores the diversity and richness of the African diaspora. His portraits convey a profound sense of identity and pride, challenging traditional representations and narratives.

In 2020, Boafo was named in Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30” list, recognizing his significant contributions to the art world. His unique artistic voice, coupled with his commitment to highlighting Black experiences, positions Amoako Boafo as a pivotal figure in contemporary art—a talent whose impact continues to resonate globally.

Detail of The Lemon Bathing Suit, 2019, by Amoako Boafo. Courtesy of Phillips.
Profile photo by Francis Kokoroco, courtesy of  DIOR.
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