Atta Kwami

  • Atta Kwami
© Atta Kwami, 2013
Painter, Art historian, Printmaker
Principal country concerned : Column : Fine arts, History/society, Heritage

Atta Kwami's vibrant abstract paintings offer fresh views resonating with hidden energies and emotions. He is particularly interested in a schematic visual language within which to construct individualised maps of places and experiences.
           In his drive for improvisation and diversity, Kwami is aware of the resilience and personal struggle (his own and others') required to aspire to a level of hope and excellence. Kwami's suite of 16 new prints, Prints in Counterpoint, based on studies of objects from the African collections of the World Museum Liverpool,  will also be available. In 2013, Kwami's  installation, Davunu 'Afe Nutata  was included in the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition: "Origins of the Afro Comb - 6,000 Years of Culture, Politics and Identity". Currently, Kwami is featured in the exhibition: "Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue" at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.
          Atta Kwami was born in 1956 in Accra. He trained and taught in Kumasi, Ghana and the UK. Atta Kwami is included in many institutional collections including the National Museums of Ghana and Kenya; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and The British Museum; the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.); The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY); the Newark Museum (NJ); The Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison (WI); University of Michigan Museum of Art (MI); The Art Institute of Chicago; The Hewlett Foundation (CA) and the Robert Devereux Collection of Contemporary African Art. He works in both Ghana and the UK and exhibits widely in Africa, Europe and the USA. He was a Cambridge/Africa Collaborative Research Fellow and a Visiting Scholar, Wolfson College, Cambridge (2012/2013). He is the author of Kumasi Realism, 1951-2007: An African modernism (2013, Hurst & Company, London / Accra: Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund).



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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