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(Born in 1956 in Sekondi, Ghana. Lives and works in Sekondi, Ghana.)
Owusu-Ankomah’s paintings and canvases depict an alternate world, with monumental human figures existing without light and shadow. Owusu-Ankomah is profoundly influenced by the work of Michelangelo and also by the philosophy of his own Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana. Owusu-Ankomah’s works depict his own spiritual journey, and a common theme in his large canvases is the adinkra system of signs, stemming from the pre-colonial Akan cloth printing tradition. The signs in his work relate to a particular saying or proverb.
Owusu-Ankomah studied Fine Arts at the Ghanatta College in Accra before moving to Germany and widely exhibited in the UK, the US, France, Belgium, Senegal, Japan, South Africa and Cuba. He’s collaborated with designer Giorgio Armani to develop a line of clothing which raises awareness for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. His works are included in many important collections, including the British Museum, London, UK; the Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, USA; and Renaissance Capital, Moscow, Russia.
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