"For my paintings, many a time I see them in dreams and visions before I actually paint them. So in the morning I organize my materials and start painting."
Artist K. Baka has been featured in Red Herring magazine.
"My name is Kwabena Kufuor Afriyie-Addo Jr. (also known as K. Baka). I was born on Tuesday, July 2, 1968 in the eastern region of Ghana. My father is Benjamin Kwabena Kufuor Afriyie-Addo and my mother is Nancy Afriyie-Addo.
"When I was a child, I used to draw a lot. I was so interested in art that in school it was the subject I got the highest marks for. Actually, it was a gift - a talent. I later entered art college for a three year diploma in art. After graduation, I established my studio in the house. While in school, I was painting and selling, so after school I did not need to undergo any brush-up or polishing. I do paintings, craftwork, billboards, screen-printing and signboards. In 1997, I had 20 students whom I taught painting, batik, and textile making. Also, many art students come to me for brushing or polishing. Presently I have two apprentices.
"My paintings are natural, and I try to use inexpensive but high-quality material like calico, denim, military camp tents, and heavy curtain cloths. I find they are stronger than canvas. It also makes it possible to sell my works to a larger audience. I use acrylic paint because it dries faster and it lasts longer. I use phone cards for the painting instead of brushes because it gives me the effect that I want. For my paintings, many a time I see them in dreams and visions before I actually paint them. So in the morning I organize my materials and start painting.
"I am not a rastafarian. What I am wearing are simply dreadlocks. I am not married but I have a young son."
In this batik on cotton wall hanging, K. Baka considers family relations, using fish as an emotive allegory. He describes the work as "essentially about the wonder of a woman's protectiveness and love, and her natural endowment of resilience." Entitled....read more
Gulls and seabirds soar in the skies above as penguins, sea lions and pelicans populate the teeming Pacific shore. A breathtaking palette of colors greets the viewer in this extraordinary wall hanging. María Uyauri works in arpillería – embroidered....read more
Whales breach and dive in deep Pacific waters off the coast of Peru. They dominate a seascape where colorful fish swim amid living coral. Francisco Huaynate Paucar conveys the ocean's majesty in a handwoven wool tapestry.
Symbolizing loyalty and a good nature, a seahorse captivates with its royal countenance in this wall adornment. Mexico's Alejandro de Esesarte crafts the original steel wall art sculpture, which he paints by hand with colors of golden beauty.
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