“Shades of Green”
Name of the Artist : Annan Affotey
Name of the Artwork : Shades of Green
Size : 37 x 59
Medium : Acrylic on canvas
Oxford-based artist Annan Affotey navigates black identity through portraiture. His paintings
focus on women and men of color with vibrant dark skin and soul filled, red eyes. He surrounds
his figures in negative space allowing each subject to tell their own story. Affotey’s paintings
highlight the nuances of facial expression and examine a story that goes beyond surface level.
Affotey was born in 1985 and graduated from Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2007 with a
degree in Drawing & Painting. In 2013, Annan Affotey helped found the African Young Artist
Organization (AYAO), a group dedicated to supporting African youth in the arts through
education and exhibitions.
His paintings are influenced by two main factors: growing up in the presence of strong women
and the cultural diversity he’s experienced through living in Ghana, Europe and the United States.
The combination of these experiences brings a diverse narrative to his work, exploring the
nuanced stories and meanings behind his subjects’ faces and bodies.
Affotey brings everyday experiences into intensely colorful, textured and expressive
compositions. Earlier this year Affotey had solo exhibitions at Ronchini Gallery in London and
Danny First’s Cabin in Los Angeles. His work has also been exhibited in New York City, London,
Miami, and Accra.
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