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The Light of Joy


Single piece Signed Titled Framed


152 x 126 cm
60 x 49.61 in







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Acrylic and modeling paste on canvas

Frame and certificate of authenticity included

1992 Accra, Ghana

Daniel Gyekyi Gyan is an emerging artist whose vibrant and expressive paintings celebrate black identity and beauty. Born in 1992 in Accra, Ghana, Gyan grew up surrounded by the rich colors and textures of his homeland. From an early age, he showed a keen interest in art, and he pursued his passion by enrolling in Accra's Ghanatta College of Art and Design, where he graduated with distinction in 2008.

After completing his studies, Gyan began painting in earnest, experimenting with various styles and techniques until he developed a unique approach that combines fauvist techniques with an impasto technique. His paintings feature bold, gestural brushstrokes that emphasize texture, depth, and color, and he often uses acrylic paint and modeling paste to create a sense of movement and energy in his work. His portraits are particularly noteworthy for their warmth, honesty, and intensity, capturing his subjects with a sense of poise and stillness that is both striking and captivating.

Gyan's work is inspired by a range of sources, including his immediate environment, urban culture, and fashion. He strives to bring all of these influences into his work, creating pieces that are both deeply personal and reflective of the world around him. He often centers the black feminine form in his paintings, using brilliant colors to create a sense of space and compositional balance that draws the eye in. In doing so, he seeks to celebrate black beauty and identity, challenging prevailing societal norms that have long sought to marginalize and denigrate people of color.

Gyan's work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Ghana and internationally, including the Gordon Gallery in Tel Aviv, the Accra Art Centre for National Culture, and the Lithuanian National Museum of Art. His most recent exhibitions include shows at the Accra Art Centre for National Culture in 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as a group show at Asime, This no be Art in Jamestown Coffee Roaster in 2021, and the Contemporary African Art: Dreams and Realities exhibition in the Lithuanian National Museum of Art in 2022. He has also exhibited with Tribes Art Africa Gallery (TAAG), further cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting young artists on the African continent.

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In 2018 TUMO Gallery was founded by long time art collector Martynas Tinfavicius. Since 2020 TUMO – an international contemporary art gallery – focuses on Contemporary West African Art. TUMO is searching for emerging & promising artists as well as aiming to provide a platform to showcase their artworks around the world. TUMO Gallery is helping to discove...

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