"My works have been exhibited in the United States, as well as in Germany, Belgium, France and Australia."
"My name is Victor Yao Delanyo; I was born in January 28, 1966 in the Volta Region of Ghana. I completed my elementary school education in 1982. Due to financial difficulties I could not further my education, so I joined my brother-in-law who was a master carver, specializing in traditional African objects. I have been working independently for the past ten years and I am proud to mention that my works have been exhibited in the United States, as well as in Germany, Belgium, France and Australia.
"I work with ten experienced carvers. We acquire a type of hardwood known as sese for carving masks. The image is first sketched on paper, and then given to the apprentices to carve. We chip at the wood to get the desired figure or shape, then use sandpaper and polish to achieve a smooth object of good quality. I use red and black emulsion paint for the finishing. Other materials used to decorate and preserve our works are metal plates and sometimes clay."
Daniel Asante transmits personal wisdoms through his art, creating an original sese wood mask. He crafts it by hand including colorful glass beads and threads of cotton and rayon. "This mask is called 'Dabidabi ebeye ye,' which in Akan language means....read more
"This mask brings honor, integrity and wisdom to the possessor," Evelyn Kafui Ahianyo explains. She designs the handsome features with elegant symmetry. "Such masks are always placed on the table or at the foot of a chief whenever important decisions....read more
Based on traditional Ghanaian artistry, this elegant mask boasts bold colors. Ali Mohammed creates an original design of graceful lines. Carved by hand of seasoned sese wood, it depicts two hawks in silhouette while a third bird alights on the forehead.....read more
With the privilege of experience, Ghanaian artisan Awudu Saaed creates the original design of this spectacular mask. He incorporates the artistic style of the Akan people as he carves the sese wood mask by hand with an anoma (bird) on the forehead.....read more
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