Ghana native TAFA was named the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year for 2010.
Painter TAFA has been named the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) Sport Artist of the Year for 2010.
TAFA competed against seventy-five (75) other sport artists from around the world for the honor. He was nominated by Paul Goodnight, who was the 1997 Sport Artist of the Year. TAFA is a native of Ghana, located in West Africa. He is the first native of Africa to be honored by ASAMA, located on the campus of the United States Sports Academy. He now calls Harlem, New York home.
The artist’s work will be on display at the Academy during a public art show at 5 p.m. Thursday, 21 January 2010.
“I have known TAFA personally and exhibited with him on numerous occasions for the past fourteen (14) years,” said Goodnight. “TAFA is a wonderful human being, an award-winning artist and is very well respected by his peers, the art community in New York and internationally.”
TAFA’s style has been described as a blending of musical rhythms, textured strokes, lush hues and spirituality. He says his paintings are “my drum song, my dance of the soul. I am like the divine drummer.” He obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
ASAMA Curator Robert Zimlich said: “TAFA’s use of a pallete knife is the best I’ve seen in a while. He isn’t merely copying the ’60s pallete knife art rage. He effectively uses it to create energy, and sport art without energy is just a still life.”
TAFA gained international recognition with his painting “Turning Swords into Swatches.” It won first place in the Swiss Painting Competition in 1989.
He has been exhibited in a number of galleries and institutions in the United States, Japan,
Europe and Africa. His works are part of numerous private and public collections in the Superior
Court in Washington D.C., Fort Frederik Museum, The Smithsonian, Sparrow Hospital in Michigan, Ghana’s national museum, Carver Federal Bank and by former New York mayor David Dinkins.