Solomon Adufah is a multidisciplinary artist whose work navigates the complexities of identity through cultural exchange and investigates the social-historical paradigm of globalization as a visual dialogue. Born in Ghana /West Africa and currently based in Chicago, Adufah explores parallels and discourses in the duality of his own identity. His work expresses a viewpoint of people, shapes, and colors relevant in the everyday lives of the individuals he engages with. As a result, this blurs the preconceived notion of cultural identity and blackness portrayed within the global racial canon. Seemingly signficant moments of everyday life find themselves set center stage in his paintings, while concurrently testing the boundaries of scale. Carefully composed and accompanied by vibrant colored background, he combines specific photographic images from memory and experience into a visually seamless arrangement. These photographs become the vocabulary which informs his uniquely illustrated paintings. Adufah’s palette of colors are appointed in accordance with the tones and nuances of Ghana, conveying specficity beyond the personal periphery. Adufah uses his family and often everyday people in his community as subjects in his work. This constant physical engagement is mirrored in his paintings, carefully examining the endless parallels through his experiences
2017. BFA, Southern Illinois University
2019 Galerie desbain, Moment of Mindfulness. Geneva, Switzerland.
2017 Connect Gallery, This Image Is Not Available In Your Country. Chicago, IL. 2016 The Bishop Gallery, Homeland Ghana. Brooklyn, NY.
2020 Black Creativity, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. IL 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.
2018 Center Program, Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago, IL (CP17)
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
2017. New American Paintings. No. 131.
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