His greatest hope is to continue unveiling his talents in the arts for the benefit of mankind and to the glory of God, his maker.
Born in 1966, Ben Agbee – whose full name is Benjamin Agbenyega – was the first of three children born to his father, Emmanuel Agbenyega. During his school days, he realized that creativity and art came naturally to him, and found this the easiest way of expressing ideas. He majored in art, graduating in 1989, and worked for the next four years in advertising and design. However, life was harsh and his salary barely took him to the end of the month with no opportunity to save anything. He decided to augment his monthly earnings by painting, and these sold in no time. Encouraged, he started turning out more and more intricate works, until he realized he had tapped into a talent that has been with him since birth. His family was a family of great artists, notably his uncle Victor Ameyibor, a professional artist in the Volta region of Ghana.
Agbee has participated in a series of collective exhibitions in Ghana and abroad, and also held solo exhibits in the U.S.A. (Washington, Chicago, Detroit), Canada and Holland. His greatest hope is to continue unveiling his talents in the arts for the benefit of mankind and to the glory of God, his maker.
In 2007, UNICEF selected some paintings by Ben featured in Novica to be part of their greeting card collection.
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
Scooping her child out of his bath, a young woman gazes into the distance. "This is a mother who protects her son," Juan Carlos Ñañaque says. "She looks toward the horizon as though envisioning his happy future." Warm colors fill this elegant, stylized....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
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