Kofi Antubam

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Kofi Antubam


Born in 1922; died Apr. 3, 1964, in Akhimota, near Accra. Ghanaian painter and sculptor; one of the founders of Ghana’s national school of painting.

From 1948 to 1950, Kofi Antubam studied at the Art School of Goldsmid’s College, which is affiliated with the University of London. In 1962 he began teaching at the art school in Akhimota. He worked in the traditions of African folk art. Kofi Antubam’s works include the wooden reliefs on the facade of the parliament building in Accra (1950’s), murals on the United Nations building in Geneva (1950’s), and the series of woodcuts The Life and Customs of the African People (1959–61).


Kofi Antubam. Berlin, 1962. (Catalog of Kofi Antubam’s exhibition in Berlin, in German and English.)
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