"I hope the next generation in my family takes interest in this art, wishes to preserve it, and give continuity to what I have started."
"I did not become interested in art. Rather, it is a talent I was born with as it runs through my family. My father painted, and I also have a flair for drawing and painting. This makes designing masks something that comes naturally to me.
"Hi, I am Kobina and I was born in Asamankese, Eastern Ghana. I am a hardworking and honest person who loves animals.
"What I did to hone my skills was to visit art workshops where I could observe artisans busy at work designing masks. I was so eager to learn more, that I got a raw mask and started to make designs on the mask and paint it with acrylic paints. The outcome was very good, and that is how I started in this art form.
"I am not a carver, so I count on some people to carve the wood masks and then I create the designs. Since I don't carve myself, I must look for people who are hardworking and committed to their craft, so that whenever they promise to deliver my carvings, they are true to their word and are honest persons.
"I have been able to train about three people on how to design masks and they have all decided to remain with me after completing their apprenticeship.
"My favorite thing about this art is designing metals, which are used to decorate the masks in a most artistic form.
"However, the most challenging aspect has to do with the rising cost of the raw materials.
"Nature and the documentaries I watch on TV inspire my work. My dream for the future is to be able to expand this venture of mine. I hope the next generation in my family takes interest in this art, wishes to preserve it, and give continuity to what I have started."
This pair of Ashanti Sese wood masks, traditionally used in ancestral rites, depicts two striking male and female visages. The masks can either serve as an abode for the spirit of the deceased or as memorials to those who have passed on.
Nana Frimpong carves a mask of sleek beauty, crowned by a fertility doll. "When you come to the Ashanti Kingdom, the king gathers all of his clan together as one," he explains. Frimpong names the mask Yen ka ye hu nbom, which means "Let us come....read more
Robert Nortey is inspired by the customs and beliefs of Ghana’s Ashanti people for the design of this original mask. He carves the sese wood mask by hand featuring painted details. Magnificently detailed embossed aluminum represent the Ashanti's traditional....read more
Mamma duck is followed closely by her ducklings in a mask designed to honor good mothers, or obaatanpa in the Twi dialect of the Akan people. Abdul Salami Amadu carves the sese wood mask by hand, embellishes it with clay textures and paints it....read more
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