Atta believes in working hard to develop his art; he says "The sky is the limit."
John Atta Mensah was born in 1963. He attended a Roman Catholic elementary school, after which he went to a prestigious art college from 1981 to 1984. During this time, and for some five years after he completed his education. Mensah elaborated a limited number of creative works to support himself, until a friend of his, also an artist, opened a new avenue for him.
Atta was introduced to a famed art gallery. From this point onwards, Atta established sound bases for himself personally and his practice - in other words, he has been painting seriously to date.
Atta believes in working hard to develop his art; he says "The sky is the limit." His paintings are inspired by everyday life, market scenes in particular, and possess a still, restful quality, infusing abundant appeal. His mastery of colors is harmony, making his works part of collections inside and outside of Ghana.
He has participated in exhibitions throughout Ghana.
Filing through the streets of a town or city, the devout participate in a religious procession. Some carry images of saints and of Jesus, while others simply walk together in solidarity. Prayer and song emanate from this handsome abstract by Iraceia....read more
Voluptuous and inviting, clay cántaros or (jars) cluster on fields of terracotta. Abstract motifs in the background imitate the rounded forms as they pose enticingly. Used by pre-Hispanic man to store grains and liquids, they symbolize abundance....read more
Earthen shadows play across women who shop for calabash bowls spread out in enticing array. In eastern Ghana, calabash gourds are used as drums during festivals and funerals; they also fill a myriad of purposes in the kitchen. John Atta Mensah paints....read more
Pale figures emerge from a drab and depressing background, their body language that of despair. One mounts a white horse, another contemplates a skull and a third boasts coiled horns. "I am trying to convey the fatality of self-knowledge," Uruguayan....read more
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