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Kwesi Botchway

Private Listing , 2020

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About the artist

Kwesi Botchway

Kwesi Botchway, born in 1994, is a contemporary Ghanian artist whose intimate portraits of Black figures have made him one of the most sought after emerging artists around the world today. Botchway employs color as a means of expressing the character, culture, and community of his subjects; his rich hues recall aspects of royalty. Inspired by Kerry James Marshall, Stephen Bennett, and Amoako Boafo—all of whom he has worked with since 2015—Botchway highlights ideas of beauty in the Black experience. He often pulls from the canon of art history, sitting his subjects in poses that reference classic works of art. Botchway has exhibited in Cape Town, Denmark, and London. His first solo exhibition took place in 2020 in Accra at Gallery 1957. Botchway made his auction debut in November 2021 with his painting “Green Sofa,” 2020, which sold for $214,200, more than seven times the low estimate.

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