Style: Portraits, Landscape
Background: Samuel Adoquei was born in Ghana, West Africa in 1962.
Education: Adoquei completed his fine arts studies at the Ghanatta College of Fine Arts. After graduation, Mr Adoquei traveled extensively around Africa and Europe before moving to the United States.
Achievements: Mr. Adoquei’s African background makes his experience a new odyssey and a novelty in western art. He is the first African artist to serve on the faculty of all the major academic art institutions of New York City: the National Academy School of Fine Art, the New York Academy of Figurative Arts, the Art Students League of New York and the Educational Alliance. He has also taught at the Lyme Academy of Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Mr. Adoquei was recently invited to serve on the faculty of the Portrait Society of America.
The winner of several international awards for his artwork, including the Gold Medal in Oil Painting and Best Traditional Oil Painting awards at the Knickerbocker Artists Annual Exhibition held in New York City, Mr. Adoquei has also written extensively on portraiture and landscape painting for American art magazines.
For some years, Mr. Adoquei’s monumental triptych, “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King,” toured the country as part of an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. The exhibition visited a number of major museums.