"I am a self-taught artist. I never took any classes or attended courses... I enjoy working alone, and my inspiration comes from nature."
"My name is Robert Aidoo-Taylor, and I was born on December 30, 1967 in the central region of Ghana. I attended elementary and middle school in Ghana, and junior secondary school in Nigeria. I returned to Ghana to finish high school.
"I am a self-taught artist. I never took any classes or attended courses. I use manual tools to carve my pieces from wood and then I paint them myself. I enjoy working alone, and my inspiration comes from nature.
"The greatest challenge that I have faced in my life is when I wanted to further my education, but I couldn't afford to do so and had to struggle. I turned to carving as a profession and now I have exhibited my work abroad, including Berlin, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.
"I have taught others too, especially about making collage works with veneer woods and rattan weaving.
"One of my favorite things in life is to explore nature and spending time with my wife and two daughters. One of my dreams for the near future is to become an art lecturer, even though I was never able to go to art class myself."
In 2012, Robert ventures into the realm of handcrafted jewelry. "I explored the use of wood, waxed linen, synthetic cords and other media to make bangles, bracelets and necklaces. I have developed many designs so far, and I am so thrilled about this new venture! I have always used wood in my art and it's exciting to be able to add other materials to achieve something interesting."
Bold textures and fascinating grains of gray and brown distinguish this very long necklace by Rachel Armah. She works in soapstone with its rich earthen tones, and adds bauxite beads, believed to be healing, to flank the clasp. In the center is a sleek....read more
Rich textures and fascinating grains of gray and brown distinguish this extremely long men's necklace by Rachel Armah. She works in soapstone with its rich earthen tones, and centers it with a bead carved from bull horn. Bauxite beads are believed to....read more
This necklace for men with a heart-shaped mask is inspired by the customs of the Kwele people of Gabon, who in olden days would gift a mask at a wedding. They believe love is everlasting, enduring even death. Robert Aidoo-Taylor designs this necklace....read more
Carved by hand, a mysterious green face with horns adorns a bold necklace for men. "I was inspired by the horn masks used during the yam festivals in Ghana's upper Eastern Region," Robert Aidoo-Taylor explains. "These masks symbolize authority and a....read more
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