Akan David is an enigmatic visual artist currently residing in Lagos Nigeria. With a passion for storytelling and a deep appreciation for cultural heritage, Akan's work explores themes of identity, folklore, and mythology, particularly rooted in African traditions.
Born and raised in a traditional priesthood family, Akan's upbringing exposed him to diverse narratives rituals, dogmas and artistic expressions from an early age. His curiosity and love for art led him to pursue a Bachelor of Fine and industrial Arts degree, specializing in painting, at a University of Uyo.
Drawing inspiration from his African roots, Akan's artistic practice revolves around the fusion of traditional and contemporary techniques. He is versatile with oils, acrylic paints, watercolors, inks, digital art, and non-conventional media. He is currently embracing and exploring more with the sgraffito technique. His use of this technique adds layers of texture and depth, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the stories he portrays.
Akan's work has been exhibited in various galleries and art festivals, receiving critical acclaim for its unique ability to capture the essence of African folklores and mythology. His paintings not only showcase the beauty of African art but also serve as a powerful tool for fostering cultural understanding and appreciation.
Beyond his artistic practice, Akan is an advocate for art education and community engagement. He frequently organizes workshops and lectures, sharing his knowledge and skills with aspiring artists and art enthusiasts. Through these initiatives, Akan hopes to inspire others to embrace their cultural heritage and explore the vibrant narratives that shape their identities.
Through his work, he strives to bridge cultures, ignite imagination, and celebrate the beauty of our shared humanity.