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b. 1984, Ghana

Amoako Boafo Biography

Amoako Boafo was born in Accra, Ghana in 1984. He studied art at the Ghanatt College of Art and Design in Accra before following artist and curator Sunanda Mesquita, now his wife, to Vienna in 2014, where he is completed 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. He resides in Vienna.

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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

Amoako Boafo Featured Artworks

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Red Collar by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoRed Collar, 2021Oil on canvas
213.4 x 274.3 cm
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Turquoise Scarf by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoTurquoise Scarf, 2021Oil on canvas
198.8 x 167.6 cm
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Green Handbag by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoGreen Handbag, 2021Oil on canvas
198.1 x 167.6 cm
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Yellow Beret by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoYellow Beret, 2021Oil on canvas
210 x 165 cm
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Yellow Throw Pillow by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoYellow Throw Pillow, 2021Oil on canvas
201.9 x 158.8 cm
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Kwame Kye's Sling Bag by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoKwame Kye's Sling Bag, 2021Oil and paper transfer on canvas
198.1 x 167.6 cm
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Monstera Leaf Sleeves by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoMonstera Leaf Sleeves, 2021Oil and paper transfer on canvas
195.6 x 194.3 cm
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Stylish Overcoat by Amoako Boafo contemporary artwork painting
Amoako BoafoStylish Overcoat, 2021Oil on canvas
210 x 165 cm
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Amoako Boafo Recent Exhibitions

Amoako Boafo Represented By

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

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