Kofi Antubam: Meet the great artist who pioneered modern art in Ghana (photos)

Kofi Antubam: Meet the great artist who pioneered modern art in Ghana (photos)

- Kofi Antubam was a famous state artist and designer

- He was appointed as Ghana's official state artist in 1957 by Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah

- Antubam was born in 1922

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Ghanaian artist and designer, Kofi Antubam, was famous for his works that featured less highlighted aspects of community life in Ghana.

Antubam’s stunning designs include state regalia such as the presidential mace and presidential seat used by Kwame Nkrumah.

The trailblazer who was appointed by Ghana’s first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as the state artist, used the iconic Adinkra symbol in Ghanaian art.

Kofi Antubam: Meet the great artist who pioneered of modern art in Ghana (photos)

Kofi Antubam/Photo credit: UGC
Source: UGC

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He played a major role in Ghana’s modern art with his influence as a pioneering artist.

Antubam’s narrative scenes of idealised African life was showcased in wall paintings and mosaics. These designs truly impacted and influenced the works of many artists.

Not long after Ghana’s independence in 1957, President Kwame Nkrumah named him as an official state artist.

Antubam believed in the role of artists in national pride and development. He was a staunch believer in the role of culture and arts in the progressive growth of the country.

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He received his education in art at Achimota School in Accra and later at Goldsmiths in London.

According to a report by ghanaianmuseum.com, he exhibited his work in Ghana and other prestigious events in London, Paris, Rome, New York, and other places.

As an artist, his works challenged contemporary African artists to use the skills acquired from their European based art training as tools in painting cultural portraits of traditional African culture.

The acclaimed artist also posited that representation art style was only a way to express what one has within.

He relied on the concept of assimilation in the development of a national and African identity.

Kofi Antubam was born in 1922 and died in 1964.

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