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Kwesi Botchway is an artist of compelling vision whose paintings speak of the richness and complexity of black lives. These are bold, conceptual works that suggest black identity as fluid not fixed and multiple not singular. They are portraits that capture blackness, in the words of Stuart Hall, as a state of ‘becoming as well as being’. - Ekow Eshun

Kwesi Botchway produces paintings that instigate a dialogue between his intriguing subjects and the viewer, declaring Black identity.

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I’m a Black artist, and I feel like we are one people—and I need to represent my people.

Contemporary artist Kwesi Botchway documents contemporary African culture through his stylized paintings, highlighting the idea of beauty in relation to the Black experience. Color plays an important role in expressing one’s character, community, culture, and language. Botchway's rendering of black skin incorporates purple hues, evoking connotations of royalty wealth, grandeur, mystery, magic, seduction, and wisdom.

While some of his subjects are inspired by people around him, others are born out of his imagination. The source of emotion is also inherent from the vivacious colors creating a connection between the viewer and the painting. Additionally, his subject matter depicts black...
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