Lawrence Kwakye​

Visual artist | The Netherlands / Ghana

Lawrence Kwakye (1972), visual artist/ designer, studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, but started to focus on painting at an early stage. Meanwhile, he also experiments with collages, video and photography and enters into dialogue with modern dance.

“My greatest creative

challenge is to imagine

my ideal civilization.”

Portrait

Lawrence Kwakye (1972), visual artist / designer, studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE), and works on the cutting edge of art and design. Meanwhile, he also experiments with collages, video and photography and enters into dialogue with modern dance. As the son of a Ghanaian father and Hungarian mother, raised in the Netherlands, he grew up amidst an intriguing mix of social and cultural backgrounds and automatically developed a ‘contrasting’ view of the world, essential for the magical layering in his work. 

Kwakye’s cultural diversity, his sense of aesthetics, his technical innovative drive and his fascination for transition, or in other words the process of change is clearly reflected in his current work. The result is accessible, the viewer picks it up straight away, but then seduces him into a discussion about what you actually see; it is what it is. Harmony versus disharmony. Kwakye’s visual work keeps on communicating.

In his work he works a lot with jute and fibers with glow-in-the-dark pigments, which on one side provides the necessary structure, but on the other is also flexible and offers different perspectives. Lawrence has participated in various group and solo exhibitions and art fairs in the Netherlands and Luxembourg and recently exhibited in Ghana. 

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2020

Art Rotterdam week Performance & Exhibition, Open ArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

2018

Natural Backdrop Paintings, Kasteel de Wittenburg, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

2017

Reghthuys, Nieuwkoop, The Netherlands

Sociaal Economische Raad SER, The Hague, Netherlands

2013

Mee in Zee Atelier, The Hague, The Netherlands

2010

Feng Sui Galeria, Fonyod, Hungary

Group exhibitions

2021

ArtUp, Lille Grand Palais, France

CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2020 ITSLIQUID, International Art Fair

2019

Mulhouse, International Contemporary Art Fair, via OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Paris Art Fair, International Contemporary Art Fair, via OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Back to Human, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Bob & I, Memory of Light, Installation & dance performance, co-creation between Lawrence Kwakye & FDR dance Company, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Rotterdam Art week, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Hello 2019, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

2018

Luxembourg Art Fair, via OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

#Exchange, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, Netherlands

Diasporadical, BBnZ Live, Nima, Ghana

2017

Art The Hague, via Gallery Indelibl, The Hague, Netherlands

Kunstbeurs Westeinderplassen, Aalsmeer, Netherlands

2016

ECI Cultuurfabriek (Peperart) Art fair, Roermond, The Netherlands

Knokke Zoute L.A. Luxury & Art fair, Grand Casino Knokke, Belgium

Kunstbeurs Westeinderplassen,  Aalsmeer, Netherlands

Kunstbeurs Noord Brabant, Netherlands

2015

Art Gallery Sous Terre, Aalsmeer, The Netherlands

Kunstbeurs Westeinderplassen, The Netherlands

Other professional activities

  • Developing of online & offline Design Thinking workshops/training
  • Wallpaper design & WallArtprints
  • Co-developer & designer of MeWe_game
  • Freelance Instructor creative workshops for children
  • Founder: ArtMotivator | motivating art and the art of motivating