1956 · Ghana

Artist biography

Owusu-Ankomah is an established contemporary artist, who originates from Ghana, like other famous artists such as Original Ghana, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Ataa Oko, Paa Joe, and Ibrahim Mahama. Owusu-Ankomah was born in 1956.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Owusu-Ankomah's work, which are October Gallery in London, the United Kingdom and Skoto Gallery in New York, the United States. Owusu-Ankomah most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Skoto Gallery in New York (29 May 2019 until 02 August 2019) with the exhibition Group Show.

Further Biographical Context for Owusu-Ankomah

Owusu-Ankomah was born in 1956 and was largely inspired by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a longing to evolve and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art emerged by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto gained worldwide success, as they were widely recognized as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.


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