This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.
Quiet yet imposing, this elegant African mask is named Gyefo, "healer" in the Twi language of Ghana's Akan people. Samuel Okyere transforms native sese wood into an original design, painting it by hand and adding rich textures in embossed aluminum. "We all need a healer at some point in time, but God is the great healer," he explains.
- Weight: 1.8 lbs
- Dimension: 18.75" H x 6.25" W x 2.6" D
- Material: Wood, Aluminum
- Color: Multi
- Made in Ghana
Story Behind the Art:
I realized I could do much better things with my life, so I decided to go into arts….
I was born on February 16, 1951 at Aburi-Akwapim. I attended the Methodist Primary School, also at Aburi, and then furthered my studies up at the Nsawam LA Middle School in 1965. I then enrolled at the Accra Workers College in 1972 for six years of which I offered Commerce, Accounting, Economics, Geography, and other General Arts.
Before then I was working with Ghana Standard Chartered Bank as a messenger. But I realized I could do much better things with my life so I decided to go into arts, especially carving. I decided to go into carving in 1981. I did not really undergo any actually training, but started carving bit by bit and sometimes sought help from my other colleagues. Again, I sometimes served as a helping hand to some of my colleagues around when they had a heavy workload upon them. Through this, my interest in arts - and especially carving - was generated. However, through this minor assistance that I gave, I became very skilled in carving. I then decided to settle for full time carving and depend solely on my own ideas to carve.
I have three men who I'm currently training and sometimes have workers who I pay on a part time basis.
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