"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."
Perched atop a rectangular mask, a long beaked bird peers curiously at the bright motifs. The geometric designs are heraldic symbols that refer to the agricultural season, while the bird augurs peace and prosperity. Victor Yao Delanyo transforms African....read more
A flamingo spreads graceful wings above a quiet face in a gesture of protection. Serenely lovely, symmetrical features convey a sensation of peace and well being. Salihu Ibrahim carves the piece from African sese wood, a superlative example of Guro art.....read more
A sparrow and a gun are symbols of Kpengla, a king from Dahomey in Benin. Kpengla was able to free Dahomey from the Oyo Empire. The images appear on the forehead of this handcrafted African mask by Abdul Salami Amadu.
Garuda is a mythical, gigantic eagle-like bird. On a level comparable to that of the gods and their infinite might, Garuda was designated Lord Vishnu's vehicle for traveling between heaven and earth. Carved by hand from acacia wood, this splendid mask....read more
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