Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo collaborated with Kim Jones, Creative Director of Dior Men on the new Spring-Summer 2021 menswear season collection.
The latest collection of the French luxury goods company is modeled in a short film shared on Youtube.
The connection between Boafo and Jones kicked off in 2019 when the latter was awed by the former’s exhibition at the Rubell Museum.
“(Boafo’s work) just spoke to me; I was immediately drawn to it. The intensity of his portraits, the power of movement and the choice of colors in them — everything touches me in his work and the way he sees things,” stated Jones in a statement.
“In designing this collection, I wanted to share that passion and celebrate the power of his work, to help it become even better known.”But just as art has long played a role in Jones’ creative practice, Boafo has long harbored a love of fashion.”
“Fashion inspires my work and so I tend to look at characters that have that sense of style,” explained Boafo in the short film.
Boafo was born in Accra, Ghana, and currently based in Vienna, Austria.
He creates highly intimate portraits rendered in deeply textured paint and a rich color palette. The resulting paintings are sincere portrayals of friends and peers from Ghana, Vienna, and many places in between.
His powerful, concise style expresses the vibrancy of daily life with an easy familiarity, touching on topics such as community, social and political struggles, and the intimacy between like-minded friends.
“The primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach blackness,” shares Boafo.
A lot of his work is inspired by his upbringing, commenting on how males are raised to be aggressive and masculine, which he challenges in his works. Although the artists underlying messages are quite intense, there is a certain softness to the works as a whole, the poses are serene and the skin luminous.
In 2017 was awarded with the jury prize, Walter Koschatzky Art Prize. Widely collected by private and public collectors and institutions, most recently by CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art, The Albertina Museum Vienna, and the Rubell Museum.