Solomon Adufah (b. 1988) is a Ghanaian born and currently lives in the United States. He is a multidisciplinary artist who’s incredibly sticking work depicts narratives and complexities of identity through cultural exchange and negotiates the social-historical paradigm of globalization in his home country and regions alike. Adufah employs inherited traditional painting themes yet carefully composed and accompanied by vibrant colored backgrounds. He achieves artistic delineation through his usage of bold colored patterns, textures and shapes relevant to the everyday lives and communities he engages with. He combines specific photographic images from memory and experiences into a visually seamless arrangement. These memories become the vocabulary which informs his uniquely illustrated paintings. Adufah’s palette of colors are appointed in accordance with the tones and nuances of his community, conveying specificity beyond the personal periphery. This constant physical engagement is mirrored in his work, carefully examining the endless parallels through his experiences.
Adufah received his BFA from the University of Southern Illinois (SIUC) in 2017. He was awarded Bilder Art Scholarship and Rickert-Ziebold Trust; two of the highest prestigious awards offered in the arts at the institution. During the same period, Adufah’s work was exhibited at the Southern Illinois Museum of African Art. In 2016-2017, he was commissioned by the Institution to present works to Civil Rights Activist Dr. Cornel West and founder of the Black Panther Party, Angela Davis. He participated in the Center Program designed for artists, filling gaps in traditional professional development programs with distinctive partnerships with other Chicago institutions and leaders in the visual arts like 3Arts, Luminarts, Marwen, UChicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture at the High Park Art Center. His work has exhibited in Scoop Art Basel, Art Africa Miami and in public arts in Ghana. In 2017, he was published in New American painting, Edition 131. Through his Homeland Project started in 2014, Adufah has helped facilitate creative art workshops to support children in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He exhibited his first international solo exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland with a remarkable series of work now in private collections in Europe, North America and Africa.