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Representing individuals from the surrounding countries of his native Ghana, Amoako Boafo attributes to his portraits a natural grace, poise and elegance. Artists who are able to achieve this palpable sense of tenderness within the scope of their working process are few and far between, yet Boafo does exactly this, communicating both warmth and vulnerability in his intimate portrayals of what he terms the “Black Diaspora.” As with other contemporary portrait artists, including Alice Neel, Jordan Casteel, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Noah Davis, Boafo attempts to create a new vernacular, reframing his own experience and that of his subjects to include a more variegated understanding of the Black Experience.

Amoako Boafo In Yellow with Malcolm, 2018

Amoako Boafo
In Yellow with Malcolm, 2018
Oil on paper
70.87 x 59.05 in (180 x 150 cm)

Amoako Boafo Reflection 1, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Reflection 1, 2018
Oil on paper
51.18 x 43.31 in (130 x 110 cm)

Amoako Boafo Tonica Hunter, 2017

Amoako Boafo
Tonica Hunter, 2017
Oil on canvas
31.50 x 35.42 in (80 x 90 cm)

Amoako Boafo Looking Through Two Fingers, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Looking Through Two Fingers, 2018
Oil on paper
39.37 x 27.56 in (100 x 70 cm)

Amoako Boafo Yellow Turtleneck, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Yellow Turtleneck, 2018
Oil on paper
39.37 x 43.31 in (100 x 110 cm)

Amoako Boafo Yellow Dress, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Yellow Dress, 2018
Oil on paper
70.87 x 70.87 in (180 x 180 cm)

Amoako Boafo Blue Pullover, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Blue Pullover, 2018
Oil on canvas
55.16 x 62.99 in (140.1 x 160.0 cm)

Amoako Boafo Lighter, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Lighter, 2018
Oil on paper
59.06 x 55.19 in (150.0 x 140.2 cm)
 

Amoako Boafo Boy in Lady Finger Shirt, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Boy in Lady Finger Shirt, 2018
Oil on paper
39.37 x 27.56 in (100 x 70 cm)

Amoako Boafo Krystal 1, 2018

Amoako Boafo
Krystal 1, 2018
Oil on paper
39.37 x 27.56 in (100 x 70 cm)