'Prelude to the Microcon 15' signed and dated 'Owusu-Ankomah / 2010' (lower left) acrylic on canvas 60 x 90cm (23 5/8 x 35 7/16in).
LITERATURE: Movement to the Microcon, (Germany, 2011), illustrated p. 46
Owusu-Ankomah's canvases employ geographically and historically diverse visual references, from Saharan rock painting and Italian Renaissance sculpture, to Ghanaian textile designs, Chinese calligraphy, New York graffiti and capoeira martial arts from Brazil. A recurring theme in his large bold canvases is the adinkra system of signs originating from the Akan pre-colonial cloth printing tradition. Each sign relates to a particular proverb or saying, and Ankomah weaves these layers of meaning into his works like poetry, juxtaposing each sign with the next to create a graphic whole.
Owusu-Ankomah studied at Ghanatta College of Art in Kumasi, Ghana, before moving to Bremen, Germany in 1986, where he still lives and works.