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Wemega-Kwawu, Rikki
Born 1959 in Sekondi, Ghana
Lives and works in Takoradi, Ghana
A devoted painter since 1981, Rikki Wemega-Kwawu is largely self-taught, though he is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. His work is characterised by a synthesis of past and present: by incorporating a plethora of ancient African symbols into his large-scale paintings, Wemega-Kwawu aims to recapture the lost power of traditional African art. A published author, he writes about the politics of cultural dictatorship in the commercialisation of African art. Exhibitions include The Poetics of Cloth: African Textile/ Recent Art, N.Y.U Grey Gallery, New York (2008); Artists Speak, San Diego Museum of Man (2007) and REDTAPEONBOTTLENECK, ArtHAUS, Accra (2006).
Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Dialogue, 2003, Oil on canvas, 110 x 158 cm, 43 x 62 in. Courtesy Aicon Gallery