Amoako Boafo, Reflection I (detail), 2018. Oil on paper, 51 1/8 x 43 3/8 inches. Courtesy Private Collection and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles. Photo: Robert Wedemyer.

Traveling Exhibition

Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

October 3, 2023 – February, 2024

Denver Art Museum


Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is the debut museum solo exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo (b. 1984), one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Working primarily in portraiture, Boafo is known for his vibrant use of color and thick, improvisational gestures created by his finger painting technique. His work is actively centered on Black subjectivity, Black joy, the Black gaze, and radical care as a foundational framework for his artistic practice.

Soul of Black Folks presents over thirty works created between 2016–2022, including a site-specific wall painting made for CAMH. The subjects featured in Boafo’s paintings represent the nuance and complexities of Black life globally. Conditions such as COVID-19, the constant resistance against systemic oppression, the active combating of Anti-Black rhetoric, and the commodification of Black bodies in the media are some of the concerns that heighten this exhibition’s urgency and relevance.


Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is organized and presented in partnership by the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

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