Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Solomon Adufah was born and raised in West Africa/ Ghana but currently based in Chicago, United States. His practice aims to explore and investigate present day narrative of African culture through authentic portraitures. He is interested in using his practice to reveal the hidden beauty woven into Africa’s social and geographical fabric. They expose viewers to a global perspective of the world, rather than a singular narrative meant to portray a viewpoint of the masses. His work reflects the diversity and richness lost in the deceptive mainstream representations of the African people and explores a self-referential perspective of the Black image. Adufah develop this group of portraits through a vital practice that requires a physical engagement with the community and the desire to travel. His work allows dialogues between transcultural experience, reaching beyond the cultural orthodox and reversing the traditions of  Western globalization. A uniquely vital aspect of his practice is rooted in travel, emphasizing a necessary demand for cultural exchange. This constant physical engagement is mirrored in his portrait paintings. They not only tell stories of the everyday African narrative but also investigate into the social historical paradigm of globalization as a visual dialogue. Adufah infuses authentic mixed media materials woven into the fabricated esthetics of the portrait. He then create a layering technique of combining African motif through silk screen and fabric. These materials become an anchored pillar that transcends the work through the everyday African cultural narrative.

EDUCATION

2017 BFA. Fine Art/Painting Southern, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

 

EXHIBITIONS

Group Exhibition

2017 Art Africa Miami, Art Basel Art Fair/Back To Black. Miami FL.

2017 Surplus Gallery, Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award. Carbondale, IL

2017 NYCH Gallery, Farewell44. Chicago, IL.

2017 NAACP Gala, Carbondale, IL.

2016 Southern Illinois Museum of African Art, Carbondale, IL.

2016 Art Africa Miami. Soul Basel. Miami, FL.

2016 Gallery Guichard. Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Miami, FL

2016 Crude Creatures Gallery, Parallel Universe. Chicago, IL

2016 Surplus Gallery, C4 Exhibition. Carbondale, IL.

2015 Creative Space Gallery. The Native Series. Chicago, IL

2015 Surplus Gallery, C4 Exhibition. Carbondale, IL.

2015 Gallery Guichard, Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series. Chicago, IL.

 

Solo Exhibition

2017 Connect Gallery, This Image Is Not Available In Your Country. Chicago, IL.

2017 Surplus Gallery, Thesis Show, This Image Is Not Available In Your Country. Carbondale, IL.

2016 William Hill Gallery, Homeland Ghana. Chicago, IL.

2016 The Bishop Gallery, Homeland Ghana. Brooklyn, NY.

2015 Crude Creatures, Homeland Ghana. Chicago, IL.

2014 Normal Gallery, Homeland Africa. Chicago, IL.

 

PUBLICATION/AWARDS

Featured

2016 BBC News, Homeland Philanthropic work

2015 ABC7 Chicago, Homeland Ghana

2015 Heart and Soul: FOX32 Chicago “Homeland”: Life of Solomon Adufah

2015 WGNTV Chicago artist

 

Awards

2017 Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award Winner

2017 Bilder Art Scholarship

2016 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Chicago Regional 1st Place Winner

2016 10 Annual Forum Juried Exhibition Best in Show- 1st Runner UP