Portrait de Ataa Oko© photo credit
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
Oko, Ataa (1919-2012), Ghana
Ataa Oko was born in La, Ghana. He first earned his living as a fisherman, before hiring out to work on the local cocoa planta-tions. After an apprenticeship in carpentry begun in 1936, he crafted his first figurative coffins in about 1945, going on to open his own workshop in his hometown. In his later years he rarely produced any more coffins, except for the occasional commission.
As the years passed, this creator let go of his memories in favour of compositions teeming with new, vividly coloured subjects: fanciful animals, and imaginary - at times even monstrous - figures and beings. Constantly in touch with the Hereafter, Ataa Oko was visited by spirits that he was wont to depict on paper. And although many of his drawings (over 2'500) are fired by flights of fantasy, they also feature images of everyday objects, of the sort conducive to stimulating his creativity.
Exhibition(s) at the Art Brut Collection