"While in school, I had always admired carvings and so I arranged for training courses whenever I was on vacation."
"Evans Doe is my name. While in school, I had always admired carvings and so I arranged for training courses whenever I was on vacation. I graduated in carving in 1994 thanks to my mentor and source of inspiration, the late Ekow Kuntu, a renowned wood carver.
"I was going through some financial difficulties during my school days, but thanks to my carvings I was able to pull myself through, since I was able to sell the small pieces I made. But I only made them in small quantities, just to enough to pull me through certain circumstances until one day I met Mr. Peter Wolfgang Nkrumah [a Novica featured artist]. He has been of great help to me by teaching me how to improve quality and and about intricate styles of finishing carved pieces. I must admit that I didn't know much about all these different styles and finishing techniques until I met Mr. Nkrumah.
"As of now, carving has been of help to me and has, in point of fact, made me the breadwinner of my family - they all look to and count on me for their day-to-day survival. My products have been taken to craft markets in France and Germany by a good friend, and these markets have shown wonderful and incredible interest in them. This has earned me a place to attend various arts and craft fairs both locally and internationally. I have showcased several of my products at these fairs, gaining admiration from my customers and art critics.
"It is my desire to make products of great professional quality in skills and materials, so as many people as possible will be able to adorn their homes with my products."
Victor Yao Delano carves an extraordinary replica of a comb once worn by a Ewe priestess from the village of Aveme, located in the Volta region of Ghana. The comb features a striking and expressive face, which is why it's usually referred to as the Nkume....read more
Stylish and elegant, this Ashanti puberty doll is called Adjoa, the name traditionally given to girls born on a Monday. Victor Yao Delanyo uses manual tools to carve the statuette from sese wood with extraordinary finesse. The doll is dressed....read more
This trio of sculptures sets the mood for reflection and intellectualization. The one in the center is reading a book while the other two hold their heads in their hands, thinking. Top Cambodia hand-carves each sculpture from teak wood, masterfully conveying....read more
Francis Agbete sets the birth of Jesus in an African palm house. Carved by hand from kapok wood, this charming nativity scene depicts the Holy Family in traditional Ghanaian dress. The Three Kings bring gifts to the Christ child, accompanied by a messenger....read more
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