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.Read More
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