Larry Otoo

Artist Bios | Larry Otoo


The “Contemporary traditionalist” as he refers to himself was born in Accra, Ghana in the year 1956.He holds a Master’s Degree in African Art and Comparative Literature from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has been making art since he was a child, when he used to be scolded for drawing in charcoal on the walls. Larry’s work is inspired by the everyday activities of ordinary Ghanaians. His vibrant, abstract paintings in oil and acrylic capture the rhythm and beat of daily life. To him, he paints, “to record and preserve our traditions visually.”

Otoo has held exhibitions Africa, Europe, and the USA. His paintings decorate Ghana’s presidential suite and Ghana’s chancery in Washington, D.C. His recent activities include a residency in Segovia, Spain in 2011 with a joint presentation at the Nubuke Foundation in Accra, Ghana.

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