Born in Ghana


1984 -




B.A. in Fine Art (Painting)

Central St. Martins College of Art, London


1991 -




Postgraduate study in Fine Art

at Escolla Massana, Barcelona, Spain


1994 -




M.A. in African Art History

School of Oriental and African Studies, London Universty





Prix de la Revelation, Dakar Biennale 1998


2004   Arts Council, reseach and development


Godfried Donkor lives and works in London






Godfried Donkor's People of Utopia

As an artist straddling continents and cultures, Godfried Donkor is interested in historicalsociological issues, and, in particular, the shared history of the peoples of Africa and Europe. Against this background, he reflects on the commercialisation of people in all its facets, a complex of themes that runs like a red thread through his individual work cycles. 

Godfried Donkor frequently uses newspaper pages (such as the stock market figures from the Financial Times) as background for his collages. On these sheets with their rows and column of numbers his “People of Utopia”, who are often depicted as saints, occupy a central position. Mostly, the depicted figures are shown arising from cross-sections of old sailing ships, a metaphor for the transportation of slaves from West Africa to the New World.