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About

I work across a variety medium, including hyper-realism drawing, installations, and mixed media.
My work explores a contemporary African identity in the diaspora and examines the intricate details of the
history and experiences of cultural diffusion, and its assimilation, through representation. I am interested
in figurations that engage the potential future of “Black” identity. This “Blackness” is privileged in my work
through materiality, and the layered Pen scribbling technique I employ to create hyperrealist drawings. In
my drawing, I engage this narrative by scribbling lines that build up to create images of a figure. The
layers upon layers of precise scribblings result in the construction of an image. The employment of a
layered technique to create the illusion of realism brings weight and complexity to the drawing. I think
about the shaping, toning, and construction of identity. I think of these figures as a compositional thought
of how they can be represented. The visual image and the future imagery of what should be can be or is
supposed to be expressed. How do we move the image of Blackness toward emancipation? I am
interested in engaging Blackness as a field of tonality. I think about the connections between time and
place that signify representation. How do geographic cites shape our forms? How do migrations shape a
person’s image?
There is another layer of the subject of my work being on paper, which can be viewed as delicate
or fragile or strong if you go back to the original forms of paper, such as papyrus. Papyrus is a material
similar to a thick paper used in ancient times as a writing surface.

Ferguson Amo

 

Born in Koforidua, Ghana  

Lives and works in New York, NY 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2019                 MFA School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

 

2012                 BS Accounting - Manhattan College, New York, NY

 

2012                 BA Digital Art - Manhattan College, New York, NY  

    

 

GRANTS, AWARDS, & RESIDENCIES

 

2022                 International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY

2019                 The Paula Rhodes Memorial Exceptional MFA Fine Arts Student Award

2019                 School of Visual Arts Alumni Thesis Scholarship, New York, NY        

2017 – 2019       School of Visual Arts Academics Scholarship, New York, NY

2017                 School of Visual Arts, Summer Artist-In-Residence - New York, NY   

 

                                                      

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2021                 “I AM FROM…”, Kente Royal Gallery, New York 

 

2019                 Contingent Identity Cards of the African Diaspora, New York, New York 

 

2018                 School of Visual Arts Open Studios, New York, NY

 

2017                 School of Visual Arts Open Studios, New York, NY

 

2016                 Manhattan College Student Show, Curator, Bronx, NY  

 

 

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

 

2021                 “The Meeting Point”, Regular Normal, Artnoir and Meatpacking District, New York

 

2020                 Showfields Online Benefit Exhibition, Group Show Online

 

2020                 UNTITLED ART FAIR, San Francisco, California 

 

2019                 “Parallels and Peripheries: Migration & Mobility”, VisArts, Washington, DC

 

2019                 This Is What I Call Love, Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY

 

2019                 “Figures of Mixed Identity Arts Exhibition,” Curator, SVA, New York, NY

 

2019                 School of Visual Arts 4x4, Group Exhibition show, New York, NY

                        

2018                 School of Visual Arts Open Studios, Group Exhibition show, New York, NY

 

2018                 International Independent Art Fair, Group Exhibition, Harlem, NY

 

2017                 School of Visual Arts Open Studios, Group Exhibition, New York, NY  

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2020                 Aesthetica Magazine – Artist of the Week, June/July Issue 95 

2020                 Artnet News - Artist selling their work to support Black Lives Matter Movement

2019                 Contingent Identity Cards of the African Diaspora. (exhibition booklet)         

2019                   School Visual Arts Gallery Press Release “Figures of Mixed Identity”                        

2018                 Omeka Online Magazine by Adeoluwa Oluwajoba, “African Identity”. 

2017                   School of Visual Arts Newsletter  “Summer  Residency”      

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  

 

CATALOGUES

 

2019                 Contingent Identity Cards of the African Diaspora. (exhibition booklet).

 

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