Kwami Da Costa

Kwami Da Costa is a contemporary artist, born in 1980, in the city of Lome’, Togo, and currently resides in Dakar, Senegal. His artistic practice includes painting and sculptures. His work focuses on the intersectional dynamics of the human family, cultural rights we partake in, our respect for the environment, and each other.

Da Costa employs figurative and portrait paintings to relay his eloquent conversations on human interactions.  The facial and bodily features of his figurines are broken up and reassembled to create abstraction that blazingly convey human emotions in a striking manner to viewers of his work. His use of vibrant colors to intelligently combine the fragmented abstraction into a cohesive form is a signature of style using acrylics, pastels, and oil paint on canvas

The vibrant expressionist abstract figurative paintings by Kwami Da Costa, explore the intersectionality of economic immigrant families; living in a new environment as an ethnic minority, trying to improve their socioeconomic status and provide for their family. He explores the effect of the lock down and pandemic on the loss of jobs, and financial opportunities in his work titled “Retour au bercail”. In English, this title translates to return to the fold. There is a drought in the land of “opportunities”, isolated and away from their support system, the desire for immigrants in the “occident wanting to go back their home country” rises. However, the means and viability for a safe return presents a challenge.

Kwami Da Costa received his artistic training at Sambiani Kassan studio. His works are featured in collections across Africa and Europe.

Selected Exhibitions

  1. Bet Set Na, Jendalmart. France. 2020
  2. Biennale. Dakar. 2018
  3. Segou Art. Mali. 2016
  4. Biennale, Kampala. 2014

 

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