Amoako Boafo Ghana, b. 1984


Amoako Boafo uses painting to create his enticing characters and honour Black figures’ place into the pictorial tradition of the Portrait. He is regarded as a notable young voice in art of the African Diaspora through his new approaches to the shaping of Black forms, and their dispositions in a larger global context. Boafo’s portraits are enticing in their lucidity. The brushstrokes are thick and gestural, the contours of the body almost soften into abstraction. Accentuated and elevated figures are often isolated on single colour backgrounds, their gaze the focal point, to disrupt observations from canonical viewership. The poses are serene and the skin luminous, his tableaux-vivants place the figures at a higher recognition, both physically in regard to the size and spiritually in terms of their grandeur. Boafo studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (Austria). In 2017, he was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize.


Born in Accra, Ghana, Amoako Boafo studied at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Accra, Ghana before attending the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. Regarded as a notable young voice in art of the African diaspora, Amoako Boafo has emphasised new approaches to the “representation, documentation, and celebration of Blackness.”


Boafo was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize in 2017 and the STRABAG Artaward International in 2019 both in Vienna, Austria. In 2019, he participated in a residency with the new Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida and in 2020 collaborated with Dior for their Spring/Summer 2021 Men’s Collection. Important solo shows include I Stand By Me, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago (2020), I See Me, Roberts Projects, LA (2019), Amoako Boafo: Artist in Residence, Rubell Museum, Miami (2019), Re-Masculinity, Brazil House, Accra (2018) and Step Into The Darkness Kunsthalle Vienna (2017). Boafo has been presented in group shows including Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2020) and OPEN STORAGE, The Bass Museum, Miami (2020).


Widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by the Leopold Museum (Vienna, Austria), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New-York, NY), Marieluise Hessel Collection Hessel Museum of Art (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY), Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY), The Albertina Museum Vienna (Austria), and the Rubell Museum (Miami, FL). His work has been exhibited in Europe and in the United-States in institutions such as the Volkskunde Museum (Vienna, Austria), Kunsthalle Vienna (Vienna, Austria), Mumok (Vienna Austria), The Bass Museum (Miami, FL) among others.

Art Fairs
Lemon Sundress, 2020