In our #TheSpotlight Series, we always bring to you interesting characters, today a surreal artist and photographer, Nana Frimpong Oduro, to whom art has been the only thing that has given him a strong voice through which he speaks to many.
Nana Frimpong Oduro is an artist from Ghana who creates surreal images with a camera. He is a photographer and artist who has received praise for his work on a global scale and was recognized as an "Adobe Rising Star" in 2020.
“Art has been the only thing that gives me a strong voice and makes me more expressive. Growing up in Ghana has been exciting and has helped me as a person. I appreciate every moment.”
He initially took pictures with his smartphone and posted them online, where he gradually achieved popularity. His works so far have been featured in magazines including Perazim and LensCulture, and in 2019 a stranger gave him his first camera since they both enjoyed seeing his Instagram images.
Oduro aims to reveal a person's internal struggle with themselves through his unfiltered, and unprocessed photographs. He occasionally employs photo-editing to help communicate the emotions in his works better.
What do you love about Ghana and being Ghanian?
What I love about Ghana is the peace and mostly the beach.
What dreams did you have growing up and are you currently actualizing them? Or did your career path change along the way?
My dream was to be an architect but circumstances made me change my career path I love the fact that I still get to express my artistic side.
On your page you wrote, "I can't write poems so I turn them to art" Why do you love poems, words, and the literary side of art?
Poems or literary side of art are ways a person can indirectly express their emotions and at the same time try to get different meaning to their art. It kind of causes confusion and that’s what I love about poems the most.
Tell us briefly about your journey into art. How did you begin?