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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977, London, UK); artist and writer of Ghanaian descent based in London.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's parents were both originally from Ghana. After arriving in the UK, her parents worked as nurses for the NHS. Yiadom-Boakye completed a foundation course at Central St Martins, graduated from Falmouth University in 2000, and completed an MA at the Royal Academy Schools in 2003.
Her paintings are predominantly figurative with raw and muted colors. With her expressive representations of the human figure, the artist examines the formal mechanisms of the medium of painting and reveals political and psychological dimensions in her works, which focus on fictional characters who exist beyond our world in a different time and in an unknown location. She paints figures that are intentionally removed from time and place, stating "People ask me, ‘Who are they, where are they?...What they should be asking is ‘What are they? " Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of institutions, including the Tate Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Miami Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Nasher Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of African Art, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw...
Her work is currently on exhibit at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC. The show, entitled "Under-Song For A Cipher", began in May 2017 and will continue until Sept.3, 2017. The show was profiled by Zadie Smith for The New Yorker in its June 19, 2017, issue.
Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits resist easy definition; her subjects exist only in her imagination, and once on canvas might belong to any number of times and places. In interviews, moreover, she is ever reticent, as reluctant to... (https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/31/lynette-yiadom-boakye-painter-out-of-time-and-space)