Kwesi Botchway

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Kwesi is from the capital city of Accra, Ghana. A majestic place that stands out among Africa’s 54 nations. Safari’s, Beaches, Museums, Historical Sites, Music Festivals, Night Life, only scratches the surface of what Accra offers. A destination that stretches beyond boundaries and limitless possibilities.

Opposite to the grandness that Accra’s city center offers, Kwesi lived in the town of Nima located in the greater outlying area of Accra.  The town is widely recognized for its markets – specifically the Nima market and sadly for its popular slums.  Kwesi turned a negative situation into something positive by using the vibration of the slums active community and injected these themes into his work.

Kwesi is an impressionist, portrait, and figuration artist who covers subject matter concerning humanity and social politics. He looks to depict compelling figurative portrait paintings from different generations with a point of focus on the areas of the face where emotions are portrayed.  His works are a visual experience which helps the observer to understand another’s feelings in an exchange of information without words.

In his own words: “I am a simple person, and consider myself to be humble, down to earth and a humanist.  I gain inspiration from the situations and scenario’s that life offers daily.  Through my works I look to create an intriguing dialogue between the subject’s message and the viewer. My work compels the viewer to become physically and emotionally invested in the subject’s story.  I aim to celebrate, capture the spirit, essence and heritage of my subjects and use this as an opportunity to lend the world a glance into the lives and struggles of people whose stories are yet to be fully told.”


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