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Hamid El Kanbouhi: Intimate Street Art

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In 2015 the artist Hamid El Kanbouhi became the so called ‘City Drawer’ (Stadstekenaar) of Amsterdam. A great honor and a nice amount. In return was expected of him to make a series of drawings that characterize the city. He asked Rob Perrée to add short texts.
Here a selection from this Intimate Street Art project.

Untitled, 2015

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Rufai Zakari

RufaPartofMe 1 2021

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KWESI BOTCHWAY

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Renzo Martens: White Cube

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Artsoul Kojo

Artsoul Kojo
Danso Awuah-Asante best known as Artsoul Kojo, is a Ghanaian contemporary artist whose art has gained recognition thanks to his endless cast of characters and personalities; these address a broad spectrum of universal and existential philosophies with childlike appeal. His childlike strokes and elementary shapes recall the simple yet complex imaginations of the human psyche, laying bare the limitless possibilities of how one can perceive the world.
Self-taught, Artsoul Kojo began painting and creating art extensively as a way of coping with his introverted mind. His work fuses aspects of storytelling, abstract poetry combined with an impressionist and pop-art visual look.

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Artist Statement
I am interested in exploring philosophies that bound the universe, the human nature and the existentialism of society.
Contrasting that with my immediate encounters and past reflection on my life, i most often find myself coming up with various alternate narratives that are primarily questioning in their intent.
In order to investigate these concepts visually, I developed a signature character called “the eye witness” – A representative of story tellers that observe and recount these alternate realities.