Godfried Donkor


Godfried Donkor, Collage work from 'The First Day of the Yam Custom 1817', Copyright the artist, and courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra


Godfried Donkor was born in Ghana in 1964 and left at the age of eight. He grew up in Europe, completed his education in Spain and England and after his studies he settled in London to begin his art practice. Godfried uses a range of different techniques. In addition to painting, drawing and photography; the traditional collage is his dominant means of expression in his works on paper. Godfried frequently uses newspaper pages such as the stock market figures from the Financial Times as the background for his collages.

As someone who straddles borders between continents and cultures, the artist is interested in historical, sociological and societal topics; in particular, the shared history of the peoples of Africa and Europe. In view of this, he reflects on the trading of people in all its facets. For Godfried, it is important to illustrate the high value of sport and sexuality and thus the marketing of their protagonists in a global world. Godfried Donkor has become an integral part of the international art world thanks to his unmistakable style. He is not only represented as an artist at many biennials and art fairs around the world, but he is also a popular speaker, lecturer and discussion partner as is demonstrated by his many invitations to lecture tours in Europe, the USA and many African countries.


Born 1964, Kumasi, Ghana

Lives and works in London, UK


1994 – 1995

  • School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK
  • M. A. African Art History

1991 - 1992

  • Escolla Massana, c/ Hospital, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fine Art Painting Post Graduate Studies

1984 - 1989

  • Central St Martins College of Art, London, UK
  • B. A. Hons Fine Art

Solo Exhibitions (selected)


  • The First Day of the Yam Custom: 1817, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana


  • People of Utopia, Artco gallery, London


  • The fives court, Fred Gallery, London


  • The Olympians and Muses, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Story of a London township, Space, London, UK


  • State of the Union, T1 + 2 Gallery, London, UK
  • Once upon a time in the west, there was lace, Wollaton Hall Nottingham, UK


  • Financial Times, Gorre Festival, Gorre Island, Senegal
  • Abolition 07, Hackney Museum, London , UK


  • The Sable Venus and the Black Madonna, Gallerie 23, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Jamestown Masquerade, Walsh metal works, St Croix, USVI


  • Concerto in light and Darkness no 1, National Museum, Ghana


  • Godfried Donkor, Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels, Belgium


  • Financial Times, Ecole Regionale des beaux Artes, Nantes, France


  • The Fancy, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London, UK
  • Godfried Donkor, Recent works, The Scene Gallery, NY, USA


  • Godfried Donkor, Albrecht Durer Kunstverein, Nuremberg, Germany


  • Handel and Hogarth at Vauxhall pleasure gardens, St Peters Church, London, UK
  • Artists in Residence exhibition, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden


  • Whose Africa, Horniman Museum, London, UK
  • Wrestling and Mysticism, Dak’Art 2000, Dakar, Senegal


  • Slave to Champ, E M A C A, Nottingham, UK

Group Exhibitions (selected)


  • Afriques Capitales, Parc de la Villiette, Paris, France


  • Still the Barbarians, EVA International Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick, Ireland


  • Streamlines, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


  • Conversations: African and African American artworks in Dialogue, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA


  • Speaking of people, Ebony, Jet and contemporary Art, Studio Museum, Harlem, USA


  • How far how near, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland


  • Hollandaise, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal


  • Cologne Paper Art, Cologne, Germany
  • Aus Afrika,Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie. Essen, Germany
  • Hollandaise, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Black Germany, Haus de Kunst, Munich, Germany
  • Boxe, Fondation Blachere, Apt, France
  • Moving into space: Football and Art in West Africa, National Museum of Football, Manchester, UK
  • Gold, Museum Belvedere, Austria
  • 28 days: Reimagining black history month, J M .Barnicke gallery/Georgia Scherman projects, Toronto, Canada


  • Interpretations of Africa, football and design, Design Museum, UK
  • Alias, Krakaw Photomonth, Krakaw, Poland
  • Art on Poetry, Saison Poetry Library, South Bank, London, UK
  • 'as it is ', Africa Applauded, Mojo Gallery, Dubai


  • III World festival of Black arts and Cultures, Dakar, Senegal
  • Space and Currencies, Museum of Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • Landfall, Docklands Museum, London, UK


  • Trade Winds, Docklands Museum, London , UK
  • Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery, The Whitworth Art Gallery , UK


  • Pin Up, Tate Modern, London, UK


  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Studio Museum, Harlem
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
  • Spanish Sports Council Collection
  • National Collection of Senegal
  • Smithsonian Museum of African Art - Washington D.C.
  • The World Bank Collection, Washington D.C
  • ArtOmi international artist collection
  • Unilever Collection
  • University of Helsinki
  • National Gallery of Botswana



Godfired Donkor, People of Utopia, 2011

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