Kojo Marfo

(Ghana, 1980)

“I want people to see my work as a reflection of my Akan culture and my struggles living in the West. I want my artwork to create a connection with people, to be a symbol for everyone to relate to, no matter what you are going through, or where you live, I want my art to help people think and reflect on their inner lives and how it relates to the wider world.”

The London based Ghanaian artist Kojo Marfo Marfo developed his interest in art through traditional Akan artifacts; sculptures and carvings that he was exposed to as a child growing up in Ghana. He wants to explore the self-referential perspective of the black image by creating a figurative abstraction of beauty woven into Africa’s social and geographical structures. After traveling to New York, the artist developed a unique style, which combines artistic elements of renowned artists; the collaged characters reminiscent of Basquiat’s mysterious figures, the shapes and perspectives of Cubism by Picasso and Fernand Léger.

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