"I am a self-taught artist. I never took any classes or attended courses... I enjoy working alone, and my inspiration comes from nature."
"My name is Robert Aidoo-Taylor, and I was born on December 30, 1967 in the central region of Ghana. I attended elementary and middle school in Ghana, and junior secondary school in Nigeria. I returned to Ghana to finish high school.
"I am a self-taught artist. I never took any classes or attended courses. I use manual tools to carve my pieces from wood and then I paint them myself. I enjoy working alone, and my inspiration comes from nature.
"The greatest challenge that I have faced in my life is when I wanted to further my education, but I couldn't afford to do so and had to struggle. I turned to carving as a profession and now I have exhibited my work abroad, including Berlin, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.
"I have taught others too, especially about making collage works with veneer woods and rattan weaving.
"One of my favorite things in life is to explore nature and spending time with my wife and two daughters. One of my dreams for the near future is to become an art lecturer, even though I was never able to go to art class myself."
In 2012, Robert ventures into the realm of handcrafted jewelry. "I explored the use of wood, waxed linen, synthetic cords and other media to make bangles, bracelets and necklaces. I have developed many designs so far, and I am so thrilled about this new venture! I have always used wood in my art and it's exciting to be able to add other materials to achieve something interesting."
Golden highlights add a regal touch to this superlative textile by the Gobah-Tengey family. Created in rich kente cloth strips, its name means "Conference in Angola." Takpekpe was designed in 1950 by the late Atsu Gobah Tengey-Seddoh to....read more
Woven by hand, traditional West African kente cloth is dazzling. Madam Adwoa continues her mother's craft with this extraordinary design. Each strip of kente cloth requires considerable effort, and the looms are worked with both hands and feet. Each....read more
"I was inspired by the fans that the Royal Family and other dignitaries use, which I saw on exhibit when I visited the Ashanti King's Manyea Palace, in Kumasi," confides Robert Aidoo-Taylor. To craft this extraordinary fan, he covers a vinyl board with....read more
"I was inspired by the fans that the Royal Family and other dignitaries use, which I saw on exhibit when I visited the Ashanti King’s Manyea Palace, in Kumasi," confides Robert Aidoo-Taylor. To craft this extraordinary fan, he covers a vinyl board with....read more
COLLECTIONS FEATURING Kente Cloths from West Africa
Kente Cloths from West Africa
Novica's Kente Cloth Collection features bold designs and a variety of colors. Each kente cloth is handcrafted by talented artisans in West Africa.
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