Yannick Ackah is a recognised contemporary artist. For the Ivorian artist Yannick Ackah, his passionate relationship with art became apparent at a very young age. Only two years old, he began to paint pictures incessantly and to draw his first sketches of his surroundings.


In 2020 Yannick Ackah completed his 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, Suisse, Spain and the United States.

 

A wide variety of materials, such as paper or fabric, contribute to the three-dimensionality and depth of his works, enriching them with a dimension of pop culture, which the artist combines with traditional motifs.

 

Looking at Ackah's work, one often recognises a play of opposites: The dialectic of life and death, mental abysses and dreamy playfulness, day and night, in short "the poetry of an existence", as the artist himself puts it. But his own identity and the society in which he lives also play an undeniable role for Ackah. Socio-political themes such as racism and the deep wounds of colonialism can also be found in the works. 

For his compositions, Ackah also draws inspiration from African sculptures and masks. The stylistic artistic reference to Picasso and his work is deliberately chosen, whereby Picasso's source of inspiration also leads back to African culture. Ackah himself describes his relationship to it as a mystery:

"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) 

At first glance, his paintings seem light and dreamy, both in colours and motifs. However, if you look at the works more closely, you can see an abysmalness and depth that is like a mirror to the human soul. Behind the brushstrokes and delicate lines, one recognises darker images that create the surreal mood of his works. The use of cut-outs and the depiction of small fragments further emphasise these sensations.