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Amoako Boafo Biography

Amoako Boafo was born in Accra, Ghana in 1984. He studied art at the Ghanatt College of Art and Design before following artist and curator Sunanda Mesquita, now his wife, to Vienna in 2014, where he is pursuing an MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He gathered acclaim in Austria, winning the 2017 Walter Koschatzky Art Prize for works on paper by artists under 35, and the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International for artists under 40.

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Amoaka Boafo has developed a distinct style, using his fingertips to paint portraits of black men and women who, he says, 'live their blackness'.

His work has been compared to Austrian Egon Schiele (1890–1918), a protege of Gustav Klimt, but he also cites Lynnette Yiadom-Boakye, Jordan Casteel, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jennifer Packer, Kehinde Wiley, Derek Fordjour, and Kerry James Marshall as influences.

Boafo had his first show in the United States at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles in 2019, entitled I See Me. He was recommended to the gallery by Kehinde Wiley, who found Boafo on Instagram.

Boafo made headlines in 2020 when his The Lemon Bathing Suit (2019) fetched an eye-watering £675,000 (US $881,550) at Phillips' 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in London. The price eclipsed the estimate of £30,000–£50,000 (US $38,700–$64,500) more than ten times over.

Biography by Sam Gaskin | Ocula | 2020

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Synchronicity, Roberts Projects, Los Angeles (19 September–12 December 2020). Courtesy Roberts Projects. 

Amoako Boafo Featured Artworks

Soleita by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork
Amoako BoafoSoleita, 2019Oil on canvas
213.4 x 137.2 cm
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Roberts Projects
Libby and D-Lee by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork
Amoako BoafoLibby and D-Lee, 2019Oil on canvas
160 x 137 cm
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Roberts Projects
Kofi by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork
Amoako BoafoKofi, 2019Oil on canvas
230.4 x 223.5 cm
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Roberts Projects
Jordan Mbuyamba by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork
Amoako BoafoJordan Mbuyamba, 2020Oil on canvas
175.3 x 132.1 cm
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Roberts Projects
Boy in a Black and White Stripe Shirt by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork
Amoako BoafoBoy in a Black and White Stripe Shirt, 2018Oil on paper
100 x 100 cm
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Roberts Projects

Amoako Boafo Current Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Synchronicity at Roberts Projects, Los Angeles
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19 September–5 December 2020 Group Exhibition Synchronicity Roberts ProjectsLos Angeles

Amoako Boafo Represented By

Roberts Projects contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, USA Roberts Projects Los Angeles

Amoako Boafo In Ocula Magazine

Ghana Will Be Africa's Art Hub, Says Gallerist Adora Mba Ocula News Ghana Will Be Africa's Art Hub, Says Gallerist Adora Mba Accra, 16 October 2020

With interest in African artists booming, Mba opened ADA \ contemporary art gallery in Accra.

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