Bio

STATEMENT

B. 88 / GHANA

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 insignificant 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 backdrops and fabric motifs, he combines specific photographic subjects 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 specificity 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. Adufah infuses authentic mixed media materials woven into the fabricated esthetics of each work. Creating a layering technique of combining traditional motifs through screen print and fabric, these materials become an anchored pillar that transcends African portraiture. 


CV

EDUCATION

2017,  Bachelors of Fine Art, Southern Illinois University


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

 2019 Galeriedesbain, Moment of Mindfulness. Geneva, Switzerland.

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