Oscar Korbla Mawuli Awuku is a visual artist born in Accra Ghana. He has been practicing body arts for 4 years
He calls his arts Anansinisim which comprises of the adinkra collection which is all about black heritage.
He is currently reading Commercial Arts in Painting at Takoradi Technical University in Ghana
He is also into digital painting, canvas paintings, and sculpture. He is known as Yonga Arts which is the brand name for his body arts. He is a Voltarian but was born in the capital city of Accra Ghana in the year 18/05/1999.
He is the first of 3 boys. He had his basic school education at Senajoy Preparatory school in Accra and got admission to Mawuli School where he studied Visual Art
How Oscar got inspired
Talking about how he got started, this is what Oscar said
I grew up from a broken home where I witnessed the violence my mum had to go through before she finally became the breadwinner for the family. This inspired me greatly and over the years whilst growing up as a kid all I ever wanted to do is depict the strength and empowerment of women and also their ability to procreate and pass on generations of knowledge to their children both physically and psychologically. My body art is called Anansinisim. It was inspired by the Ghanaian mythical character kweku Anansi. Anansi is an Akan name given to the spider. I carefully fuse visual networking designs of the spider with historical Ghanaian Adinkra symbology to creat personal transitional designs on the body that re-echo the knowledge and wisdom of our ancestors that are gradually loosing their sustainable values and norms to contemporary audiences. I represent them with tales of great women here in Ghana and deities alike.Oscar Awuku
Oscar talks about his future prospects
My works mostly portray the advocacy and empowerment of women in other to stand equally for leadership roles just like we men do in society. After school I would love to embark on a project to educate young artist like myself to research more into their crafts and support them with the little knowledge I have attained in the field of study to help them grow artistically. Because it’s isn’t all about just painting on the canvas but how you present it gives it value. Despite the fact that I am into other avenues in the arts I am currently working on a project to depict our culture and history by preserving them through arts and capturing most of them via videography and photography which basically going to be a long term project even after school.
Here are some of his works
You can reach Oscar Awuku through these social media platforms
Instagram- @_m_a_w_u_l_i & @yonga_arts
Facebook: Yonga Art’s