George Atta Kwami


Atta Kwami is an artist, scholar, curator and cultural facilitator who lives both in Ghana and the UK. He was born into a family of artists in Accra, the capital of Ghana, in 1956. His father Robert Ashong Kwami (1913-1957) was a Senior Music Master at Achimota College and classically trained musician, while his mother, Grace Salome Kwami (1923-2006) was a college trained artist, one of the first female professional artists and art educators in Ghana. Atta Kwami has exhibited and taught internationally, and he spent many years (1986-2006) lecturing in painting and printmaking in Ghana at the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. Kwami gained a Painting B.A in 1980 and an African Art M.Phil in 1992 from KNUST in Kumasi. In 1993 he completed a P.E.P. Diploma at the Royal College of Art and a printmaking Fellowship at Chealsea College of Art (University of the Arts, London). Kwami has maintained a scholarly interest in art alongside his studio practice and in 2007 he completed a Ph.D. (Art History / Studio) at The Open University, Milton Keynes. His thesis was published by Hurst & Company in 2013, as Kumasi Realism, 1951-2007: An African Modernism, for which he won the Ghana Denmark Cultural Fund Award. In 2009 he was granted a Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship, (UCLA) and in 2011 he was awarded a Howard Kestenbaum/Vijay Paramsothy International Fellowship, Haystack, Mountain School of Crafts, Maine, USA. In 2012 he was awarded a one year Cambridge / Africa Collaborative Research Fellowship at the Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge. Kwami’s works have been acquired by public institutions in Africa, Europe and the USA.
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