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About painting

Biography

Nyornuwofia Agorsor (B. 1983) is a Ghanaian Painter. She is also a Musician (Vocalist, Instrumentalist, Song writer, Composer and Performer). Being largely an autodidact, she supplements her skill with studies at the studio of Kofi Agorsor. Her work is generally characterized by a childlike innocence that makes it appeal to all.

Being so accessible, Nyornuwofia’s friendly, almost jovial canvases readily disperse their poignant messages without the dizzying pretentions and trappings of the adult world.

She believes in the essence of quality family moments and spends a great deal of her time sharing both artistic and academic knowledge with her kids. Her work largely dwells on the African Knowledge System of education where the mind of a student is trained and tuned to bring out the creative genius in every soul.

She also believes that “There is an urgent need for Africa to change its servitude system of education which does not encourage practicality and training of the minds that will bring out the creative generative minds in our societies who will exploit and add value to our human and natural resources”. Nyornuwofia is the lead Vocalist of the Agorsor Band.

Artist Statement

"Never capture comfort and forget the laws. It’s the laws that maintain the comfort."

My work dwells on these ideals. Whereas there is the tendency to seek the glory without the effort, I suggest that people should endeavor to do the opposite. I am interested in how to harness basic things in life and in our surroundings to create. This should mean that I very much engage contemporary concerns. We live in a time that everything is heavily dependent on technology.

 

For this reason, there is the tendency for people to resort to short cuts. This is what I abhor. Whereas technology can help us to a certain extent, I also will not want technology to take away our culture and traditions. These are the universal values that give to us our humanity. It is a balance of these that I always seek. When I make paintings, I want all my reflections to have voice. I want my audiences to take up responsibilities, especially when they are in privileged positions.

 

If we dwell too much on the comforts, we tend to become ingrates. We always take from the world and yet give nothing back. This is not healthy. It pushes our world out of symmetry. But in seeking symmetry, we also know that all the fingers are never the same. How then do we celebrate our differences as well as our similarities? How do we make this world the better place we want it to be even in our expressions?