Manny Ofori - Hybrid Artist 

Artist Statement

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

  • Handle/managed artwork

  • 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

2018-present Woodworker​

  • 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



Group Exhibition


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 

Dual Exhibition

  • INTENTIONAL MOVEMENT feat Chris Morano, Emmanuel Ofori 40 Cannon gallery  Poughkeepsie NY, May10-June 21

Military experience:

  • Military veteran; the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Unit VMGR, Newburgh NY

Contact Me

cell: 845-309-0272