"I believe art is life from the moment we're born... throughout life, we live on this earth as though were characters cast in a play, acting out life."
“My name is Frank Nii Amaarh Ashiteye and I am a painter. I was born in Accra born in 1985. My friends describe me as sociable, calm and compassionate.
“I believe art is life from the moment we’re born because everything we come into contact with is a form and, throughout life, we live on this earth as though we were characters cast in a play, acting out life.
“I am inspired by things around me as well as other paintings from other artists around the world.
“I attended university and also studied with the late Sowatey Adjei, a Novica-featured artist. I practiced constantly and generated more ideas for my art.
“Starting on my own wasn’t easy. I constantly posted my works on social media which helped me gain exposure, but the prices quoted by buyers were too low. My favorite thing about my craft is using unconventional materials to create a painting.
“Once, I had to work nonstop to finish a painting, only to realize the canvas was torn. I had to walk a long way to a shop to buy paint, but found the shop closed for Christmas.
“The most challenging part is being patient and dedicated because some items break or are destroyed and I have to create new ones to continue.
“My dream is to transform my community with my paintings and to put Ghanaian art on the world map.”