"I like and love to paint, to translate my inner perceptions into reality… use colour so liberally so that I can be happy with what I create."
Larry Otoo was born on January 18, 1959 in Ghana. He attended the College of Art at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He left the university in 1981 after achieving a Master’s degree in African Art in Comparative Literature in 1981. He refers to himself as a contemporary "traditionalist," as most of his subject matter is inspired on the familiar daily activities of Ghanaians. He paints in oils and acrylics and does portraits in pastels.
Larry Otoo has an enthusiastic international following and was selected as Artist of the year in Ghana in 1987. He has won accolades and awards ever since."
Larry has been involved an extraordinary number of exhibition within Ghana, West Africa and in Europe.
Larry’s work was the main feature of the first AFRIKart exhibition in 2002
He has held numerous exhibitions in Europe, the U.S, and Africa, including Radio Netherland Art Exhibition/Competition, Holland (1981); BBC Silver Jubilee, England (1981); 28th Ghana Independence Anniversary, Westbourne Gallery, London (1984); Ghana at I.F.A Gallarie, Bonn, West Germany (1987); Porto Bello Festival, England (1990); VSO Auction for the World, The Mall Galleries, England (1990); CAF Olympia, England (1991); 1st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Ghanaian Art, Embassy of Ghana, USA (1994); Rise with the Sun Women and African, Canada (1996); Cross Currents – Journeys within the Diaspora, USA (1997); Arte Fiera, Italy (1998); A Slice of Contemporary African Art by Ghanaian Artists, Denmark (2000); Akwaaba, Basilica del Santo, Italy (2001).
Savannah Colours (Acrylics on canvas 75 x 70cm)
Wiz was born in September 1957 in Ghana. He has a BA Art 1st Class honours degree in Painting (1981), from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at Kumasi, in Ghana. Of their class, Larry Otoo and Wiz are the only two left currently working as full time artists. He has won several artistic prizes is collected world – wide.
Wiz had his first experience with the art market at the age of six when he made his first sale to his father's friend and he has been at it ever since! Born in 1957 under Virgo, he trained at the College of Art, University of Science and Technology, Ghana specializing in painting. He graduated in 1981 with first class honours with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Wiz has acquired a lot of experience "on the road", travelling in Europe, Africa, and most recently in the USA. Wiz taught fine art for six years before going into full-time practice as a painter with occasional forays into sculpture and graphic design.
The symbols, pictographs and other calligraphic elements are increasingly playing a significant part in the present transition of my work interspersed with short texts. These are sometimes used for their meaning and other times only as visual tools or design elements.
His awards and honours include
2001 Osaka Triennale, Bronze Prize
2001 Certificate of Honour, SOS Ghana
1996, First Prize, Ace Gallery Juried Exhibit, Ohio, USA
1989, Third Prize, French Revolution Art Competition
1981, Mobil Award for Best Painting Student, UST, Kumasi Ghana
Wiz’s work can be found in the following Public and Private
Ghana National Museum
Private Collection of Leasaric Ghana Limited
Ministry of Culture, People Republic of China
Osaka Prefecture Contemporary Art Collection, Osaka, Japan
African-American Museum, Dallas, Texas
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Accra
Reclining Figure (Acrylics on canvas 100 x 80)