Nando Kwabena Nkrumah was born 1979 in Kumasi / Ghana. He is a Visual Artist based in Cologne / Germany operating in Ghana as well as Germany. Since a young age he enjoyed to draw and continued his artistic path with Street Art.
After studies in Industrial Design in Essen / Germany and Singapore he studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne where he graduated with a series of paintings and drawings under the name Sankofiction, which transferred the story of Komfo Anokye and Yaa Asantewa into to the future.
Nando Nkrumah combines traditional visual languages from the Ashanti culture with Computer Aided Design, drawing and painting and to produce a respectful union of technology, humanity and culture. Although symbolism is one aspects of his design, his work is not bound to existing visual languages but circulates around this core to explore new forms and techniques.
He describes the philosophy behind his artistic work as "Sankofa", a way of utilizing elements of the past to build up a positive future, which terminology derives from the Adinkra philosophy of Ghana.
His Afrofuturistic Art can be found within various media. Paintings, Animations and Sculptures are visual and tactile canvases that he uses to express his visions. In 2007 his Sankoficiton-Series of drawings and digital paintings gained international recognition. In early 2019 he invented the ARbotage as a way to transcend conservative institutions and hierarchies to manifest new perspectives within museums.
Nando K. Nkrumah with his cousins and friends at the Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra.
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