Kobina Nyarko is one of Ghana’s premier young contemporary artists. He was born in Takoradi, Ghana in 1972. Most of Nyarko’s works explore the symbolism of fish in paintings that feature numerous tiny fish on often large-scale canvases. This “trademark” theme makes his work easy to recognize. The swirling, mesmerizing schools of fish captivate all of Nyarko’s viewers and collectors.
Fish Sinking Sand
Nyarko was formally trained at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He graduated in 2003 with a BA in Industrial Art. In May 2007, Kobina Nyarko was featured in an exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Man, Artists Speak: Contemporary art from Ghana and Zimbabwe. His work is considered illustrative of 3rd generation Ghanaian artists, who freely express themselves as artists in a modern world, without succumbing to restrictive notions of African art. Kobina Nyarko currently lives in Takoradi with his wife and son.
I chose Nyarko’s pictures because I was mesmerized by the swirling school of fish, the intense colors and the expressiveness of his paintings.
Kobina Nyarko states: “I have explored several mediums, styles and themes. Specific interest in the subject Fishes, which my love revolves around.”