Maxwell Boadi

Maxwell Boadi (b. 1982) is from Ghana. He lives and works in the capital city of Accra. Boadi studied fine arts at Ghanatta College of Art and Design in Accra.

As a young boy, Boadi showed a great interest in drawing and when he was 18 years old his career as an artist began. Boadi experienced a religious vision in which "God blessed him with a great and dynamic style of painting." His preferred technique is oil painting, where he paints with palette knives as his master tool for interpreting the outside world and creating tension on the pictorial surface.

Boadi uses a lot of color and dynamic strokes to create an abstract composition. The dancing strokes and the thick layers of paint characterize his oeuvre. For Boadi, art is everything and everything is art as long as it exists.

Boadi's oeuvre encompasses a wide range of themes, including portraits inspired by friends and neighbors, explorations of his Christian faith and descriptions of the urban development of the landscape around the capital. He is a bold expressionist and has an exceptional approach to the present in his works. He is inspired by seeing people in the market, in the stadium and places where large groups of people are gathered.

"It's something that always brings us together, and that's when we meet in the square."

It's often the bustling nature he tries to capture on screen. He is fearless, adventurous and has an artistic maturity that distinguishes him from his contemporaries. He has had group and solo exhibitions in several countries in Africa.