Amoako Boafo is a painter and artist, born in Accra/Ghana, based in Vienna/Austria.
Interested in investigating the relation of the personal and the structural by centering Black subjectivity and care. Works with oils, acrylics, and pastels on canvas and paper. Awarded with the Strabag Price 2019. Collected by private and public collectors, most recently Kehinde Wiley and The Albertina Museum.
“ Boafo’s portrait paintings are enticing in their lucidity, accentuating the figures in each work, who are regularly isolated on single color backgrounds, their gaze the focal point of each work. The brushstrokes are thick and gestural, the contours of the body’s almost soften into abstraction. The most well known of his series, the Black Diaspora portraits serve as a means of celebration of his identity and blackness.
Boafo emphasizes, “The primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach blackness.” Much of his work is inspired by his upbringing, commenting on how males are raised to be aggressive and masculine, which he challenges in his works. Although the artists underlying messages are quite intense, there is a certain softness to the works as a whole, the poses are serene and the skin luminous.
Boafo studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In 2017 was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Kunstpreis. Widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently the Hessel Museum of Art and The Albertina Museum Vienna.”