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Made of Wire – Fiifi Nkuah

Sculpturing deserves a great deal of art and skill if a sculptor is to deliver a great piece that catches the eye of all and sundry. Over the years Ghana have seen a lot of artistic work from sculptors, such as EL Anatsu and Dr.Oku Ampofo, who depend on local materials like wood, bronze or stones for their works. Many art faithful’s have been awed by these works. IMG_20141027_150224

Fiifi Nkuah is a sculptor that has opted to do things differently. Instead of using wood, bronze or stones, he uses wire to craft great art works. A graduate of Edinaman secondary school, Fiifi studied the Arts. Whiles at school he showed great skill in sculpturing and made it clear that he had rare talents.

From 2008-2010 he began learning wire sculpturing, which paved the way for him to become a full time wire sculptor by trade. Prior to becoming a wire sculptor Fiifi was an auto dealer who knew his work very well. Fiifi had this to say about his use of wire, “I use wires because sculptors all over Ghana are always using wood, bronze or stones and I wanted something unique”. In addition the uniqueness of his works has been boosted by its hollow nature and the 3D formant making it an art work for the 21st century.

Majority of Fiifi’s works have been sold to various hotels, art galleries and various shops. His sculptures range from a woman holding an Umbrella, an elephant, a woman looking in the skies along with several other visual sculptures.

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For Fiifi working as a wire sculptor did not come as easy as it may seem. Financially, he has spent a lot of money getting the copper and galvanized wires he needs to create his pieces. In some instances getting access to these materials were very difficult and at times rely on scrap dealers who roam the streets to supply the materials. But through all of these challenges, Fiifi has never failed to deliver artwork to his customers on time. Rather the challenges have served as an avenue for him to show his creativity on a job he has a lot of passion for.

When asked where he draws his motivation he made reference to everyday activities since he strongly believes that art is what we see around us. Fiifi shared a simple quote with us and that is to “be original” in everything we do. His life has really improved since the day he stepped on the path of being a wire sculptor. In the years ahead of us, Fiifi wants to set up a training institute for the youth so that they can learn how to also become wire sculptors. “This is because Ghana has great talents,” he added. His plan is to get more youth involved in wire art.

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Fiifi has great works to show Ghana, Africa, and the world so be sure to send him a friend request on Facebook, look him up on LinkedIn and email him at wildwire1_gh@yahoo.com to find out more about his divine sculptures. We are huge fans!

 

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