36-year-old Ghanaian artist, Amoaka Boafo has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The highly coveted list recognizes outstanding people from across the world in different sectors such as politics, entertainment, literature, leadership, and innovation. Amoaka Boafo is the only African-born artist featured in the artist category and his work according to TIME “highlights Black identity and the African diaspora with complexity and warmth”.
The self taught artist’s figurative paintings depicts more bright colors and textured finger painting. His excerpt reads,
Amoako Boafo is a rising art-world superstar. The 36-year-old Ghanaian artist’s work, characterized by bright colors and textured finger painting, highlights Black identity and the African diaspora with complexity and warmth: in the 2020 painting The Pink Background, for example, two men lean into each other as if posing for a photo, both clad in suits and standing before a rose-colored backdrop. This distinctive style has made him one of the world’s most in-demand artists and won raves from Kehinde Wiley and Kim Jones, the artistic director of Dior Men, who launched a collaboration with him in 2020, making Boafo the first African artist to develop a line with the French fashion house. Perhaps just as significant is Boafo’s staunch unwillingness to being exploited by white collectors now hungry for Black creativity. Amid Boafo’s meteoric rise, his work has often been “flipped,” or resold quickly at a much higher price—a practice that can prevent artists from profiting from the huge windfalls of secondary sales. In response, the artist has fought to establish more control over his work, both by buying it back and through creating a studio for local creatives in Accra. As a result, Boafo has sparked a larger dialogue about who really profits when Black art is handled by white gatekeepers.
Nigerian singer Davido, Sierra Leonean politician Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Zimbabwean-born actor Regé-Jean Page and Ugandan activist Vannesa Nakate are just a few of the Africans representing the continent.
Read the full list on Time Magazine website.