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(Born in 1964, Kumasi, Ghana. Lives and works in London, Uk, and Accra.)
Godfried Donkor uses mixed-media to explore the history and presence of the African diaspora. Born in Kumasi, Ghana, but leaving for the UK at the age of eight, Donkor studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, and African Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. His most famous work is a series involving boxers, and particularly African American fighters. The boxers are depicted as Pop art icons in the heroic style, with images beneath them of slave ships and colonial vessels. In another series, he has worked with African embroiderers to create pieces with European coats of arms featuring African heads, embroidered onto pages of the Financial Times Newspaper.
Godfried Donkor’s work is included in numerous international collections such as the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, Washington D.C, USA: and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Donkor has exhibited in many selected solo and group exhibitions including in 2017, for The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, Gallery 1957, Accra; and for the David Adjaye: Making Memory exhibit, Design Museum, London, 2019.
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