El Anatsui Ghana, b. 1944

Overview

        Born in 1944 in the Republic of Ghana, El Anatsui is one of the most internationally renowned contemporary artists. He has achieved global recognition with experiments that reject the traditional conventions of sculpture, also voicing diverse social, political, and historical perspectives while working as an artist and an educator for the past 40 years. Anatsui has won critical acclaim by using a diverse range of easily accessible materials such as bottle caps and discarded objects. By transforming these materials through complex assemblages, the artist creates unique visual effects.

        Anatsui's artworks are housed in a number of prestigious museums and institutions such as the British Museum, Pompidou Centre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, de Young Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Museum Kunstpalast, and Setagaya Art Museum. Moreover, they have been showcased at various international exhibitions including the 1990 and 2007 Venice Biennale and the 2012 Paris Triennale. Anatsui received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

 

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