Born and bred in Accra, Ghana, Boafo’s new project is perhaps set to eclipse his stellar rise. A graduate of Accra’s Ghanatta College of Art and Design in 2008, Boafo was awarded with the Best Portrait Painter of the Year award. He moved to Vienna in 2014 where he further developed his craft. After a few years of exhibitions in Europe, his work has become a veritable name in the art scene and has been recognized by famous brands such as Christian Dior.
Now, this contemporary Ghanaian’s art is poised to blast off into space!
The ship will be launching on mission to space sometime in October, according to The Art Newspaper.
Boafo’s artwork is part of the Suborbital Triptych Project established through a partnership between Jeff Bezos and the new art program at Uplift Aerospace, curated by Jill Clark.
“There are special paints. I can’t say more at this stage about the materials, but soon! I am drawn to the idea of my works going into a new orbit, literally. This will further push my vision for my practice. I am honored to be one of the first Black men to have my work sent to space. I’m very excited to be a part of this from a historical standpoint,” Ghanaian artist Boafo told The Art Newspaper.
According to Uplift Aerospace, its seminal project, the Suborbital Triptych series, is emblematic of Uplift’s mission to further scientific discoveries and creative experimentation by granting artists access to the most advanced space technologies.
“The profound strength of Amoako’s portraits for the first Suborbital Triptych will bring another dimension to the power that propels the New Shepard rocket,” Uplift Aerospace’s CEO Josh Hanes said in a statement.
This feat is without a doubt a sky high one. We are absolutely proud and ecstatic for Boafo and look forward to his greater heights.