1992, born in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire
Yannick Ackah is a recognized contemporary artist, and currently one of the most sought-after newcomer artists from Africa. His works have echoes of Picasso and Basquiat and were also immediately sold out at his first Solo Show and at the Berlin Art Fair Positions last year. For his compositions, Ackah draws inspiration from African sculptures and masks.
"What I see in African sculptures is beauty, a challenge, a complete story, a great mystery that I try to solve through my work with lines, brushstrokes and also with colour." (Ackah, 2021).
In 2020 Yannick Ackah completed his art studies at I.N.S.A.A.C (Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle) in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). Since then, he exhibited internationally and his works are part of prestigious private collections in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, the United States, Japan, China and South Korea. In 2022 he was chosen to take part in the exhibition Aufatmen at Barlach Halle K, of the Landesverband Hamburger Galerien e.V., funded by the Department of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in Germany.
1997, born in Côte d’Ivoire
The emerging artist Atowla studied at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Abidjan and won the "Young Artists of the Future Prize" and the Peace and Environment Prize" in Abidjan in 2019. Atowla's paintings resemble photographs - to achieve this he uses different techniques and materials for his predominantly realistic depictions of figure paintings and portraits. He combines oil with acrylic paint and marbling. This gives his paintings a unique character and great intensity, which is further emphasized by the use of bold colors.
"Portrait photography has a loaded history in the colonial context. Now I use the same medium to portray African people as people." (Atowla)
His work questions the power of pictorial representation on many levels, from the reproduction of historical and iconic images to the phenomenon of the social media age. His last solo show in Germany was quickly sold out.
1991, born in Delta State, Nigeria
Stacey Ravvero is a multidisciplinary artist from Delta State, Nigeria. Her multifaceted practice currently investigates the human experience, while focusing on socio-political and environmental issues, through robust sensory experiences and diverse media. This includes metal fabrication, painting, poetry and performance installation/art.
Her work has been shown across Lagos, London, Tennessee, Dakar, Accra, Nairobi and New York, to name a few. Stacey Ravverocurrently has an exhibition at the Lagos Museum of Art in Nigeria.
The artist holds a B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Lagos and an M.A. in the history and business of the contemporary art market from the University of Warwick. Stacey Ravvero is the current artist selected for the LAGOS - BERLIN residency program by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.