El Anatsui is active/lives in Ghana, Nigeria. El Anatsui is known for fabric image abstract sculpture and painting, site-specific.
Biography El Anatsui
El Anatsui (born 1944) is a Ghanaian sculptor active for much of his career in Nigeria. He was born in Anyako, and trained at the College of Art, University of Science and Technology, in Kumasi, in central Ghana. He began teaching at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1975, and has become affiliated with the Nsukka group.
Anatsui's preferred media are clay and wood, which he uses to create objects based on traditional Ghanaian beliefs and other subjects. He has cut wood with chainsaws and blackened it with acetylene torches; more recently, he has turned to installation art. Some of his works resemble woven cloths such as kente cloth. Anatsui also incorporates uli and nsibidi into his works alongside Ghanaian motifs.
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