Born in 1984 in Accra, Ghana, and based between Vienna, Austria, and Accra, Ghana, Amoako Boafo is most noted for his reflection on the place of black identity within portraiture’s pictorial tradition. Boafo has built his practice around honouring the black subject through dignified representation and portraiture, carrying on thelegacy of Barkley L. Hendricks. The artist sculpts his sitters’ faces using his fingers and brings them into focususing bold single colour backgrounds. His subjects’ garments’ eye-catching patterns add a tender quality to hispieces, whose large format exudes grandeur.
Widely collected by prestigious private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Marieluise Hessel Collection,Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris; The Aïshti Foundation, Beirut; The Albertina Museum, Vienna; the Blenheim Foundation, Woodstock, UK; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Floral Halter Dress, 2020
Oil and photo transfer on Canvas
210.8 x 198.1 cm
On display in The Brasserie, first floor