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SAMUEL AGBENYEGAH (Sam kobee)
You talk to most painters about where they had their training from, and they will tell you, I went to the College Of Art of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, or Ghanatta College of Art, or Winneba Specialist College, or from that training school. Unlike most of these painters, Samuel Agbenyegah with brush name, “Samkobee”, describes himself as a self-taught artist. Although he is a product of Mawuli Secondary School, he was an up and coming painted before he joined the school. Comments from close friends and admirers of his works succeeded in dissuading Sam from going to enrich his God given talent in painting in any of the Art institutions after his college education at Mawuli Secondary School in 1995. Sam’s specialty is the semi-abstract and abstract style of painting, in which he succeeds in retaining his African identity. His preferred medium is acrylics, sense of colour is masterly and he achieves a very appealing blend of shades and tones. Sam’s paintings have a freshness and sincerity, and he says that “Every time I paint, it is like pouring something from my Heart.”This is a painter, whose impressive growth in style and confidence has taken place from his studio.The popularity and achievements of Sam did not just happened, but came about through diligence, the ability to criticize his own work, and to receive criticism from others with grace.
At age 45, Sam kobee has been in the field with over 30 years of experience in developing relationships with collectors from home and abroad. He started exhibiting his works between 1996 and 2021, at The Loom Art Gallery, Berj Art Gallery, Osu Children’s Homes, Denise Rollins-USID, Ryan’s Irish Pub, Golden Tulip, Novotel, to mention a few. Among the international places that Sam has exhibited are; (Washington DC,New York, Maryland,1997), Beaumont Texas,2001 and 2005,Houston Texas 2005, among others. Sam has also granted interviews to various organizations such as; The Nigeria Times, Graphic Showbiz, Spectator (Ghanaian Times), High Street Journal, Heritage Magazine,Roots Magazine in London and Village Communications, with television appearance on GTV television for 2nd Generation program, and USA Television, Featured on BET Documentary July 2004.
He is very proud to have associated with renowned collectors like Dr.Tommy Harris (USA). Klaus Purup (Danida Advisor),Yumiko Yokozeki(Formally of JICA), Lloyd Gite(USA), Sandrine Mesquida(Ivory Coast), Dr. kotey Nikoi, Ghana and Pierre Rouss (Switzerland),Joyce Quarshie(Berj Art Gallery in Ghana). Samkobee has also been specifically commissioned, by some reputable organizations and institutions to do various works, such as, Ghana International Press Centre- Painting for the President, J.A.KUFOUR of the Republic of Ghana 2006.Dr. Tommy Harris – painting depicting the Theatre 2001, Barclays Bank Ghana 2003, Centre for National Culture (Ghana) in 2008, and Jubilee House.
Samuel Agbenyegah is the owner of Star End Gallery, Registered in the Republic of Ghana.