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Kobina Nyarko

 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.”

Tunnel                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Escapers                                                                                                                                                                                    


4 responses

  1. These are really cool. They are like the fish on National Geographic that swim in huge schools and look like little fish tornadoes. The pictures here are pretty small but i can imagine the time and detail that these paintings must require! Awesome

    April 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  2. Thanks for sharing!

    Nyarko’s work is especially detailed, so much so that I wonder how on earth he could get such painstaking detail into some of these. You also have to wonder how much concentration and determination must go into producing constant works that have so much going on in each painting.

    The only complaint I would have about your post is the images are so small! Luckily the link you provided showed a few paintings in their full-size, which gave me a better sense of how intricate and fantastic they are.

    April 26, 2011 at 11:52 pm

  3. Great post.. I saw another classmate had chosen the same artist, but still, I love his use of the colour blue (mostly), and his excellent gradients and spiral compositions. Good work on finding the biographical information.

    May 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

  4. I really like all of these pieces. I have never heard of this artist till now, and clearly I was missing out. I haven’t really seen any art that looks similar to this. Also the background of the artist is really interesting.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:08 am

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