LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
Poku Mensah is a Ghanaian visual-artist born in Accra- Ghana in 1992.
He receives an education in international schools during half of his childhood years. He graduates high school in Accra and in 2010, admitted to Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts, he pursues Architecture but failure to completion leads him to Paris in 2011.
Such consequences leads the young man to family abnegation. Incapable to return home he pursues affordable education and in 2012, Poku is admitted to Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. Mensah attains his Masters degree (DNSAP) on December 2017 after admission to the post-graduate residency; Van Eyck Academy on September 2017.
Mensah’s first international exposure was the Biennial of Dakar in May 2016. Then after being presented at the Salon d’Automne on the Champs Elysee in 2016, he participates in the exhibition, Capital Africa at LaVillette (Paris) under the curatorial management of Simon Njami in June 2017. He then ventures to Friesland Netherlands during the summer of July 2017, seeking understanding in his Anthropocene. In October 2017 he is invited to participate in the First Lagos Biennial in Nigeria.
In his process he uses memories to unfold stories. He touches on psychotic reality, dreamlike portraiture and moments of discontentment, to engage sense of beauty to his most obscure thoughts. By feeding positive meaning, with the idealized importance of struggle and suffering; he identifies himself through elements such as food that have marked him.
By giving a positive meaning to the ideals of fighting and suffering; he identifies himself through elements, such as the taste, the smell and texture of food. Creativity is a tool which allows him to transform hurdles into a form of artistic expression. In his path towards inner happiness, his endeavor ascertains warmth and hospitality.
In April 2018 he is invited as a guest lecturer in the Sculpture division of Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
He currently lives and works in Shanghai, China.
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