George Afedzi Hughes

George Afedzi Hughes studied painting at The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art (1985–1991) where he earned a BA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in Art Education. He later received his MFA in Painting from Bowling Green State University (2001). George relocated to the United States in 1994.


"My work uses the history of colonialism as a basis to highlight parallels between colonialism’s brutal history and contemporary global conflicts. In today’s informational age, global occurrences of violence reach us instantaneously: transmitting fear and unease. My work interprets the spectacle of news, history and social engagement by borrowing imagery from global popular culture such as sports and ritual. I revisit the harsh realities of colonialism and its current ramifications through humor and metaphor."