Artist Kwaku Addai

“Fade of Culture”


     Kwaku Addai was born in the small village of Asamang in the Ashanti region of Ghana, Africa.  His love for art began around the age of five.  He expressed this love using charcoal and drawing on the walls, doors, and floors.  He studied art while attending Sr High School, and then at the Center for National Culture at Adjei Fine Art in Kumasi, Ghana.  His acrylic and oil paintings captivate and inspire viewers through his use of color and bold brush strokes. His style evokes confidence and strength while at the same time depicting the tenderness of each scene.  In the same way, the essence and emotion of his subjects are embraced.  His art has been in numerous exhibits and has been sold to people all over the world.  Although his paintings usually represent Ghanaian culture in both modern and traditional settings, some of his most recent paintings have a cross-cultural dimension combining imagery from both African and Native American cultures. 


“Fade of Culture”

Artist’s Statement

     I spent many years finding inspiration in my home country, Ghana.  When I began studying images of Native Americans I noticed many similarities between them and my own people.  Together we have seen a lot over the course of history.  While there are painful similarities, through my works I want to send a message of inspiration. 

     The title of this exhibit, Fade of Culture, has to do with the traditions and ways of life that keep changing over time.  Even in my lifetime I have seen things changing so fast.  For me it is difficult to see the way that our strong culture and traditions have faded away.  And these traditions continue to fade being replaced by modern ideas and current dress.  I know that many cultures have experienced the same thing.  But as for my own culture I use art to keep the wonderful traditions of my people alive.  The works in this exhibit are not titled separately; rather they are all a part of the whole, Fade of Culture.


Paintings by Kwaku