Monographs on African Artists an Annotated Bibliography
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Kofi, Vincent Akwete, 1923-1974

Amegatcher, Gilbert. Vincent Kofi, 1923-1974: a critical biography of an African artist. Masters thesis, Indiana University, 1992. 89 leaves. illus., bibliog. (pp. 84-89). [unpublished]. NB1099.G5K633 1992 AFA. OCLC 28490321.

Sculptor Vincent Kofi stands out as one of Ghana's most prominent artists working in a modern idiom. His life story and his œuvre illustrate some of the complexities of the processes of "Westernization" on African artists in this century. That is the underlying theme of Amegatcher's study: what shaped and inspired Vincent Kofi's sculpture? How did he define himself and his role as artist within a nation emerging from colonialism to independence? What did he see as the "African-ness" in his work?

Kofi studied art in Ghana and later in England and the United States and was familiar with international trends in sculpture. He was also knowledgeable about other world art traditions and was particularly fascinated by monumental sculptures of the South Pacific. To understand how these far-reaching influences were assimilated and integrated into Kofi's own sculpture is the task Amegatcher sets for himself. He examines several of Kofi's wood sculptures including "Sankofa," "Ekua Na Neba," "Mother and Child," and "Awakening Africa." These and others are illustrated.