Untitled, 2022

Untitled, 2022

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari
Name of the Artwork : Untitled, 2022
Size :79 × 61 in

Rufai Zakari
Rufai Zakari’s figurative works are made from discarded single-use plastics gathered from the streets of his home country of Ghana. Zakari graduated from Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra, the school where some of his esteemed Ghanaian peers, including Amoako Boafo, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, and Kwesi Botchway, also studied. He also apprenticed under the Accra-based street artist Mozzay. Zakari stitches together scraps of found refuse into striking portraits of Ghanaian women in both traditional and contemporary garb. His practice has garnered widespread acclaim, resulting in his work appearing at exhibitions in London, Accra, and Dubai, among other cities. His work has been acquired by the Arthur Lewis Collection, the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, and the Ditau Collection, among others. In crafting his loving portraits from trash, Zakari seeks to examine the roles that consumerism, pollution, labor, and industrialization play in Ghana today.

“Hassana on Date”

“Hassana on Date”

Name of the Artist : Rufai Zakari
Name of the Artwork : Hassana on Date
Size : 40 x 40.5
Medium : Recycled plastic

Rufai Zakari
Rufai Zakari hails from Bawku in the Upper Region of Ghana. He graduated from
the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2011. Zakari examines consumerism,
environmental pollution, labour, trade, and the perils of industrialization in
contemporary Ghanian Society. Conscious of the environmental emergency, his
work is made of fragments of recycled plastic, presented in a local and urban
aesthetic, featuring elegant and fashionable figures. Similar to photography, he
brings to light individuals that he is familiar with or that he crosses paths with in his
community or elsewhere. Rufai extracts them from their tiresome daily context and
repositions them in an explosion of colors, striking forceful poses, inspired
simultaneously by daily gestures and fashion photography.
In search of creative solutions to solve environmental problems, he works with
single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, water sachets, and food packaging
collected from the streets of his home country Ghana to suggest the renewal of
Ghanain society.