Manny Ofori - Hybrid Artist
My work explores the combination of both African and American cultures through personal everyday experiences. My art tends to utilize African motifs, symbols, fabrics and patterns in combination with western imagery and ideas. I would be considered a hybrid artist since I work with multiple medium and materials to create a pictorial image. Mediums such as painting, drawing sculpture/woodworking. With my woodwork, I try to combine aesthetic ideas from both western and African cultures. for instance, the structural design of my furniture is derived from western culture while incorporating fabrics, pattern design, and colors associated with western African culture. I primarily work with an inexpensive material such as plywood for the main reason of creating beauty from the undesirable. I believe everyday items can be art, used and enjoyed. I approach my painting in a similar manner, mainly depicting family members and friends in western or African attire to illustrate the bridging of the gap between both worlds
2018 State University Of New York (SUNY) Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Cumulative GPA: 3.80/4.0
2019 Haystack Mountain School of Craft Deer Isle, Maine
Instructor (Ted Lott) Woodworking
2018 President's Award for Achievement for the School of Art+Design
2017-2018 Richard Dolly Maass Gallery Fellowship Recipient
State University Of New York (SUNY) Best in Show Top 7 Finalist
2011 Scholastic American Vision Award winner
2017-2018 Art Gallery Assistant for Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College SUNY
Assisted with installations and de-installations of show
Prepared artworks for transportation and storage
Created promotional materials for gallery advertising
Computer Programs utilized: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator.
Curated a group show “Oddity: Outside the Box” for BFA students.
2017 Peer Advisor, Purchase College, SUNY
Guide freshman students in their first year of college.
Assess and discuss students’ performance.
Referred students to tutor other services as needed.
2016-2018 Studio Monitor and Teaching Assistant, Purchase College, SUNY
Help maintained and set up studio space
Help set up gallery space for art shows
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
Jun 2018 The Art Effect (MADLAB) sculpture and teaching artist, Poughkeepsie NY
Provided individual mentoring and advice to students ages 15-21 as needed.
Budgeted, managed, purchased and inventoried supplies for a program
Supervise and organize public art installation
Set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines and use various hand tools to fabricate, repair and install wooden cabinets.
Operated, set up and maintained machinery including table saws, joiners, shapers, radial arm saws, band saws and hand tools.
Building custom pedestals for display
Utilizes reclaimed wood and hardware for manufacturing hand-crafted design
April 2018 NOBODY’S a Collective show Purchase NY,
April 2018 JUST SO YOU KNOW Purchase NY,
May 2018 SENIOR ART EXHIBITION, Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase NY
June 2018 THIS IS ABOUT BIRDS & FREEDOM Spccproject Brooklyn NY
April 2019 Member of Queen City 15 gallery Poughkeepsie NY
June 2019 FLIGHT group show QueenCity15 Fine Art Gallery Poughkeepsie NY
INTENTIONAL MOVEMENT feat Chris Morano, Emmanuel Ofori 40 Cannon gallery Poughkeepsie NY, May10-June 21
Military veteran; the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Unit VMGR, Newburgh NY