Emmanual Taku (b. 1986, Accra, Ghana), has practiced portraiture and art for almost ten years. Taku's visual language is figurative surrealism incorporated with textiles. Before his short career as an art teacher in figurative drawing, Taku studied and trained formally in Visual Arts and Textiles at the Ghanatta College of Art and Design for four years [2005 - 2009] alongside fellow figurative artists like Kwesi Botchway and Otis Quaicoe.
The Noldor residency served as Taku’s debut showing within the contemporary art ecology. With his mixed-media approach of newspaper and acrylic on canvas, he created the figurative surrealist series titled “It Takes Two”. His work reflects his love of textiles with a silk-screening approach and his commitment to capturing black bodies in the abstract – one as a reflection of the other.Read Africa First's interview with Emmanuel Taku here.