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TAFA

TAFA is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited and collected in Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, Africa and the US. His abstract oil paintings are depicted by strong Social, Political, Religious statements in audacious brilliant colors.  His abstract Sports and Music paintings portray both activities with the energy one would only expect from an actual performance.

“My paintings are my drum song, my dance of the soul,”

“I am like the divine drummer,” says TAFA, “trying to materialize the transient, the spiritual, to search the soul of our hopes, fears and visions.”

This search sometimes births art that confronts and challenges or art that elevates and inspires. “Creating art is a cosmological journey, it is mirrored in the experience of the collective consciousness of all who search for the truth.  Delving into my being is not paramount, what is pivotal is reaching into the internal spaces that have created eternity of memory, our primordial memories.”

Numerous galleries, educational and cultural institutions in the US, Japan, Europe and Africa have collected and exhibited TAFA’s paintings.  His works are in many permanent public and private collections including the Superior Court, Washington, D.C, Barclays Bank, Sparrow Hospital, Michigan, Shell Co, Ghana’s National Museum, Carver Federal Bank and former New York City Mayor, David N. Dinkins, Bryant Gumbel and the late Johnny Cochran.

TAFA obtained a BFA degree from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He lives in Harlem, NY.

 

Selected Exhibitions
Gallery Soshinkan, Nagano, Japan
Frontier Art, The Hague, The Netherlands
American Sport Art Museum and Archives, Al
Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
Parliament Building, Hessen, Holland
Fort Frederik Museum, St Croix
Camden Center, London, UK
Afro-American Museum, Boston

Flint Institute of Art
Chattanooga African-American Museum
Dayton Art Institute
Atmosphere Gallery, SoHo, NY
Bomani Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ayaso Fine Art, Washington D.C.
African American Museum, Dallas Texas
MoCADA , Brooklyn, NY
Moore’s Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
National Black Fine Art Show, Chicago
California African American Museum, LA

North Carolina Central Univ., Art Museum, NC
Jazz Museum, SoHo, New York
L’Agent Art International, Montreal Canada
Hearne Gallery, Little Rock, AK
North Carolina A & T, Greensboro, NC
New World Art Center, SoHo, NYC
Thelma Harris Galleries, Oakland, CA
Mehu Gallery, New York, NY

Liazan Gallery, NYC
L’ecrivain Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Quiskeya Gallery, NYC
Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick, NJ
Contemp, Afri-Art Gallery, London, UK
17 West 121 Gallery, NYC
African-American Institute, NYC
Parish Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Bronx River Gallery, Bronx, NY
Pepsico Head Office, Rye, NY

Boniface Gallery, NYC
Yeshiva University, NYC
Black Arts Gallery, London, UK
Medgar Evers College, Brooklyn, NY
Great Hall, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana

Selected Collections
Sparrow Hospital
Clinton Foundation
Carver Federal Bank, NYC
D.C. Superior Court, Washington,
National Museum, Ghana
Barclays Bank
Bryant Gumbel
Mayor David Dinkins, NYC
Standard Bank
Shell Corp.
Kalahari Corp

Awards
ASAMA Sports Artist of the Year 2010
Circle of Art, New York, NY,
Paa Kwame, Ghana,
Swiss Painting Competition, 1st Prize,

Media Credits
The Guardian, London
New York Newsday
New York Daily News
PBS
WCBSTV
Amsterdam News
Arts Journal
Denver Post
Herald Press
The Buffalo news
The American Daily
Contemporary Painter’s News
Whittier Daily News
Centre Daily
Toronto star
West Africa Magazine
New Africa Magazine
Caribbean Sun
The Ticker