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 Owusu Ankomah  (1956 - )

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Lived/Active: Ghana/Germany      Known for: painting

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Movement No.23, 2008
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Owusu-Ankomah is one of the leading contemporary Ghanaian artists. His work addresses themes of identity and the body using his trademark motif of Adinkra symbolism. Between 1971 and 1974 Owusu-Ankomah studied at the Ghanatta College of Art in Accra, Ghana. Beginning in 1979 he embarked on a series of journeys to Europe, making contact with European artists and galleries. Since 1986 Owusu-Ankomah has lived in the city of Bremen, Germany. The Asanteman system of adinkra signs provides recurring motifs for the artist's large canvases. Owusu-Ankomah re-interprets their symbolism in the context of gallery art whilst retaining much of their original meaning. His recent paintings deal with scientific, technological, metaphysical and spiritual facts and truths. The evolution of the human, consciousness, the non-locality of the soul and its eternal progression. He believes emphatically that there has been other ancient highly advanced civilisations before Egypt who were adept in sacred geometry which he uses in his work. Owusu Ankomah's work has been widely exhibited in the UK, the US, France, Belgium, Senegal, Japan, South Africa and Germany. In 2006, Owusu-Ankomah was invited to participate in the World Cup FIFA Art Edition Project. He also collaborated with designer Giorgio Armani to develop a line of clothing for the Red Campaign, raising funds to help fight AIDS in Africa. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany.

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