Though born and raised in Ghana, Adufah has lived in Chicago, Illinois for the past nine years. With limited training in fine art, he taught himself to become the artist he is today, developing his drawing hobby into a professional art career.
Originally doubting art as a stable endeavor due to personal fears and familial pressures, Adufah endured on a path towards architecture. However, quickly realizing he needed to discover something meant for him, and that included opening the world’s eyes to the positive wonders of Africa, painting became his new outlet, and permanent commitment. Since moving to Chicago as a late teen, Adufah has been concerned with the negative perception of Africa that has consistently been tainted by its history and the media.
It was baffling for Adufah to see that his home was only seen under the lens of war, poverty and famine, and found it even more troubling that blacks in America shared these limited views. Using his artwork as a tool to react to this narrative, Adufah crafted a personal mission “to empower, promote and celebrate the African culture through his portrait paintings.” What is vital in creating Homeland Series: Ghana is Adufah’s physical engagement with his subjects. His practice involves traveling to Africa and capturing the people he meets on his journeys.
Artist Website | http://adufahart.com