Amoako Boafo born 1984

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Amoako Boafo - Bailike
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 2022
Phillips, London
Est.: 350.000 - 450.000 GBP
Realised: 403.200 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Tonica and Adia
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The Now Evening Auction
May 2022
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 1.071.000 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Yellow Dress
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21st Century Evening Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 USD
Realised: 819.000 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Untitled
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21st Century Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 300.000 - 500.000 HKD
Realised: 2.142.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - The Artist with His Painting
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21st Century Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 6.000.000 - 8.000.000 HKD
Realised: 7.560.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Shades of Brown
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
May 2022
Christies, New York
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 USD
Realised: 630.000 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Untitled (Black Lives Matter)
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Contemporary Curated
April 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 70.000 - 90.000 GBP
Realised: 189.000 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Orange Shirt
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20th/21st Century: Shanghai Evening Sale
March 2022
Christies, Shanghai
Est.: 3.000.000 - 5.000.000 CNY
Realised: 8.760.000 CNY
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Amoako Boafo - Yellow Blanket
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20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale
March 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 400.000 - 600.000 GBP
Realised: 1.242.000 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Untitled (Standing Nude)
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
March 2022
Christies, London
Est.: 150.000 - 200.000 GBP
Realised: 163.800 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - As the Crow Flies
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The Now Evening Auction
March 2022
Sothebys, London
Est.: 280.000 - 350.000 GBP
Realised: 352.800 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Hands Up
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20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale
December 2021
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 2.000.000 - 3.000.000 HKD
Realised: 26.650.000 HKD
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The artist Amoako Boafo

  • Contemporary painter from Ghana.
  • Known for his portraits, mostly on monochrome backgrounds.
  • His works exclusively depict black people.

The Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo was born in Accra in 1984 and is known for his figurative art, usually on monochrome backgrounds. Boafo studied at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra between 2004 and 2007. Six years later, he moved to Austria, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2014. Here, art-makers such as Ashley Hans Scheirl and Kirsi Mikkola were among his teachers. During this time, he dealt a lot with works of 20th century Viennese Modernism as well as European Art Nouveau. Above all, the works of the painters Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt had a lasting influence on him.

In 2018, Boafo came to the attention of US artist Kehinde Wiley via the social media platform Instagram. He bought one of his artworks and made connections with various galleries. Among other things, this led to Boafo's solo exhibition I See Me at Roberts Projects in Los Angeles. Since then, at the latest, he has been causing a stir internationally.

In 2019, he was already one of the most sought-after artists at Art Basel Miami Beach. At the beginning of 2020, his painting The Lemon Bathing Suit achieved a value of 813,000 euros at an auction by the Phillips auction house. In the same year, Boafo's works served as a model for the Dior Men summer collection. His works are now part of the collections of the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the CCS Bard College Museum of Art (New York), the Rubell Museum (Miami) and the Albertina Museum Vienna.

Boafo portrays exclusively black people, whom he inserts into colourful backgrounds. He produces his figurative portraits with oil paint in front of colour surfaces and abstract interiors. While he paints the faces and hands of his figures directly onto the canvas with his bare fingers, other pictorial components are created with expressive brushstrokes. His paintings are often described as virtuosic, intense and sensual. They deal with themes such as the representation of black people, vulnerability, pride and self-determination.

Der Künstler Amoako Boafo

  • Zeitgenössischer Maler aus Ghana.
  • Bekannt für seine Porträts, meist auf einfarbigen Hintergründen.
  • Seine Arbeiten bilden ausschließlich Schwarze Personen ab.

Der ghanaische Maler Amoako Boafo wurde 1984 in Accra geboren und ist für seine figurative Kunst bekannt, die sich in der Regel auf einfarbigen Hintergründen abspielt. Boafo studierte zwischen 2004 und 2007 am Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra. Sechs Jahre später zog er nach Österreich, wo er im Jahre 2014 ein Studium an der Akademie der bildenden Künste in Wien absolvierte. Hier gehörten Kunstschaffende wie Ashley Hans Scheirl und Kirsi Mikkola zu seinen Lehrenden. In dieser Zeit setzte er sich viel mit Werken der Wiener Moderne des 20. Jahrhunderts sowie dem europäischen Jugendstil auseinander. Vor allem die Arbeiten der Maler Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt beeinflussten ihn dabei nachhaltig.

Im Jahr 2018 wurde der US-amerikanische Künstler Kehinde Wiley über die Social-Media-Plattform Instagram auf Boafo aufmerksam. Er kaufte eines seiner Kunstwerke und stellte Verbindungen zu diversen Galerien her. Dies führte unter anderem zu Boafos Einzelausstellung I See Me bei Roberts Projects in Los Angeles. Spätestens seitdem sorgt er auch international für Aufsehen.

Im Jahr 2019 gehörte er bereits zu den gefragtesten Künstlerinnen und Künstlern der Art Basel Miami Beach. Anfang 2020 erzielte sein Gemälde The Lemon Bathing Suit bei einer Versteigerung des Auktionshauses Phillips einen Wert von 813.000 Euro. Im selben Jahr dienten Boafos Werke als Vorlage für die Sommerkollektion von Dior Men. Seine Arbeiten gehören heute zu den Sammlungen des Guggenheim Museums (New York), des CCS Bard College Museum of Art (New York), des Rubell Museums (Miami) und des Albertina Museums Wien.

Boafo porträtiert ausschließlich Schwarze Menschen, die er in farbenfrohe Hintergründe  einfügt. Er fertigt seine figürlichen Porträts mit Ölfarbe vor Farbflächen und abstrakten Interieurs. Während er die Gesichter und Hände seiner Figuren mit den bloßen Fingern unmittelbar auf die Leinwand malt, entstehen andere Bildkomponenten mit einem ausdrucksstarken Pinselstrich. Seine Bilder werden oft als virtuos, intensiv und sinnlich beschrieben. Sie behandeln Themen wie die Repräsentation Schwarzer Menschen, Verletzlichkeit, Stolz und Selbstbestimmung.

Amoako Boafo - Red Couch
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21st Century Art Day Sale
December 2021
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 HKD
Realised: 3.250.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Follow Monica
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Contemporary Day Auction
November 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 USD
Realised: 441.000 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Golden Frames
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction
November 2021
Phillips, Hong Kong Auction
Est.: 800.000 - 1.200.000 HKD
Realised: 3.024.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - White Hat White Shades
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Contemporary Art Evening Sale
October 2021
Sothebys, Hong Kong
Est.: 2.500.000 - 3.500.000 HKD
Realised: 5.257.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Portrait
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Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
October 2021
Christies
Est.: 50.000 - 70.000 GBP
Realised: 181.250 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Untitled
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
July 2021
Sothebys, London
Est.: 60.000 - 80.000 GBP
Realised: 163.800 GBP
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Amoako Boafo - Gaze I
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in Association with Poly Auction
June 2021
Phillips, Hong Kong Auction
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 HKD
Realised: 2.772.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Gaze I
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in association with Phillips
June 2021
POLY, Hong Kong
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 HKD
Realised: 2.772.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Untitled
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale
June 2021
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 USD
Realised: 655.200 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Justine Mendy
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20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale
May 2021
Christies, Hong Kong
Est.: 800.000 - 1.500.000 HKD
Realised: 8.770.000 HKD
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Amoako Boafo - Thelma In Colored Blazer
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Contemporary Art Day Auction
May 2021
Sothebys, New York
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 USD
Realised: 478.800 USD
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Amoako Boafo - Blue Pullover
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21st Century Evening Sale
May 2021
Christies, New York
Est.: 200.000 - 300.000 USD
Realised: 625.000 USD
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Amoako Boafo in News and Exhibitions

Houston, Texas: Contemporary Arts Museum

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, the first solo museum exhibition by Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo, opens at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on May 27. On view through Oct. 2, it shows more than 30 of the painter's works which explore themes of black representation, vulnerability, pride and self-determination.

May 26, 2022
Rising Star

The Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo paints exclusively Black people to honor these characters in the pictorial tradition of portraiture. In doing so, he is putting a whole new stamp on figurative art. And it's catching on: In February 2022, one of his paintings was auctioned for around 1,264,000 euros.

by Luwi Funke, April 11, 2022

Amoako Boafo in News and Exhibitions

Houston, Texas: Contemporary Arts Museum

Mit Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks eröffnet im Contemporary Arts Museum Houston am 27. Mai die erste museale Einzelausstellung des ghanaischen Künstlers Amoako Boafo. Bis zum 2. Oktober werden hier mehr als 30 Werke des Malers gezeigt, die Themen wie die Repräsentation Schwarzer Menschen, Verletzlichkeit, Stolz und Selbstbestimmung behandeln.

May 26, 2022
Rising Star

Der ghanaische Maler Amoako Boafo malt ausschließlich Schwarze Personen, um diese Charaktere in der Bildtradition des Porträts zu würdigen. Dabei drückt er der figurativen Kunst einen ganz neuen Stempel auf. Und das kommt an: Im Februar 2022 wurde eines seiner Gemälde für rund 1.264.000 Euro versteigert.

by Luwi Funke, April 11, 2022

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