Nii by Raphael “Afutumix” Adjetey Adjei Mayne, 2020, Acrylic, oil pastel, color pencil and African wax print on canvas, 62.59 inches x 25.59 inches (159 X 65 CM)
Raphael “Afutumix” Adjetey Adjei Mayne (born 1983, Accra-Ghana), studied at Ghanatta College of Art and Design. His work is a visceral assemblage of diverse facets of Ghanaian and African sociocultural experiences evoking political, emotional and practically psychoanalytical connections and cut-aways weaving private and public space realities unbound by time. The intricately woven youthful patterns from unique fabrics collected from localities on the coast of Ghana, fixated into an atmosphere of mediums from chalk, acrylic to charcoal, reflect dynamic portraiture invested in an artistic language integrating the philosophical concepts of Adinkra and the artist’s childhood memories. An active compositional storytelling technique where historical contexts make tangents with the present, and traditional influences fuse modern aesthetics to explore gender politics, social marginalization and African rural/urban distinctions. Raphael “Afutumix” Mayne’s work has been shown at international art fairs including AKAA Paris, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, 1-54 New York, Art Market San Francisco, Art On Paper New York and Sydney Contemporary.