Ghanaian Visual Artist, Prince Gyasi was a speaker at the 2019 Skoll World Forum at the Oxford University.
About 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders, and strategic partners meet each year at the University’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions, and information.
The forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Gyasi offered a vibrant, evocative, uplifting representation of his hometown captured in beautiful iPhone images at the 2019 Skoll World Forum: “Most visual artists tell African stories in a negative way. I want to tell these stories in a more beautiful way so that when kids see them, they feel inspired.”
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Using bold colours to convey emotions and shine a light on marginalized people, he hopes to inspire young people through his art.
After completing secondary education at Accra Academy Senior high school in Accra, Gyasi started taking pictures in 2011. He bought his first iPhone in 2014 which became the primary tool he uses in creating his art pieces.
He began with snapshots of friends, family, and models from his hometown of Ghana and then realized he could seriously use his phone as an instrument of creation and as a means of expression.
Using an iPhone to shoot is a way to distinguish his art from other visual artists and photographers and in doing so he breaks the codes of this singular and elitist art. His work is about conveying feelings through colours and giving the floor to marginalized people that are often left aside in society.
Gyasi considers his use of vibrant colours as a therapy to his audience and aims at leaving a “strong, positive imprint on the people’s heart and soul.”
Some of his most poignant themes include motherhood, fatherhood, and childhood. He was signed to Nil Gallery Paris in 2018 and had a solo show at the gallery in November 2018.
His works have also been exhibited at the Seattle Art Fair 2018, the Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary art fair, and the Investec Cape Town art fair.
Gyasi is the co-founder of Boxed Kids, a non-profit organization helping kids from the slums of Accra get educated.