Kwesi Botchway sitting and smiling with his portraits behind him

Kwesi Botchway

Glamorous portraits celebrate the many shades of Black.

“I always want my figures to be vibrant, full of confidence and happiness because that’s how I want to see Black people.”

Kwesi Botchway’s portraits relish in colour. Flat, brightly coloured backdrops accentuate the dark skin of the figures – which the artist renders in deep, nearly-black shades of purple. Seeking to “elevate Blackness,” the artist sees purple as a symbol of luxury and power, equating his figures with royalty. Highlights are layered in cross-hatching brushstrokes to give the skin an ethereal glow, ty...

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Bio

Kwesi Botchway (he/him) was born in 1994 in Accra, Ghana. He lives and works in Accra and Brussels, Belgium.

Did you know?

Botchway heads Worldfaze, an Accra-based foundation that works with kids to offer and promote arts education. This community focus brings the artist full circle, as when he was a child he pursued his interest in art by apprenticing for a local street artist.

Education

A fellow graduate of Ghanatta College of Art and Design, Botchway joins close friends Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe and Amoafo Boako in spearheading a young generation of Ghanaian artists making waves internationally.

Collaborations with Kwesi Botchway

Avant Arte and Kwesi Botchway have one upcoming collaboration.