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Public Opening | Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

Join us to celebrate Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, the first solo museum exhibition for the Ghanaian artist, one of the most influential artistic voices of his generation. Featuring approximately thirty works created between 2016–2022, the exhibition is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his practice to capture the essence of the Black figure. Boafo creates paintings that actively center Black subjectivity, Black joy, and the Black gaze.

Members will get a first look at the exhibition during the Member’s Preview from 6–7PM and will receive two complimentary beer and wine tickets. Click here to learn more about CAMH Membership.

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

About the Artist

Boafo was born in 1984 and raised in Osu, Accra in Ghana. He studied at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra in 2007, before attending the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. Boafo was awarded the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize in 2017 and the STRABAG Art award International in 2019 both in Vienna, Austria. In 2019, he participated in a residency with the new Rubell Museum in Miami, Florida and in 2020 collaborated with Dior for their Spring/Summer 2021 Men Collection. His work is widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by Leopold Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Rubell Museum, Marieluise Hessel Collection, the Aishti Foundation, Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Hessel Museum of Art, The Pizzuti Collection of Columbus Museum of Art, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.

Boafo is represented by Roberts Projects, Los Angeles and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago.


Image caption: 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.


Major support for Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks is provided by Daniel Xu and Flora Huang, with additional support from Louise Jamail, Glenn and Debbie August, Jeffrey Childers and Onay Gutierrez, Scott and Judy Nyquist, Anita and Gerald Smith, and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago and Paris, and Daniel and Rosy Levy.

Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Special thanks to Denby Auble and Kerry Inman; Marley Lott; Penelope and Lester Marks; Roberts Projects, Los Angeles; and all lenders to the exhibition.