"I work in the abstract style because it is open to interpretation. It gives me the freedom to explore shapes and colors, and assign meaning to a work of art.""I was born on May 17, 1983 in Accra. My friends describe me as humble, helpful and a good hearted person.
"I always had a talent for painting, and studied at Ghanatta College to further develop this ability. After completing art school, I continued to practice my techniques and sold some of my paintings to earn a living until I had a job.
"I work in the abstract style because it is open to interpretation. It gives me the freedom to explore shapes and colors, and assign meaning to a work of art.
"Starting out on my own as an artist was very difficult. I had no investment and marketing avenues were very few. Even when I sold a painting, I rarely got value for it. It is still a challenge to market my work.
"What I like best about my art is that it depicts the lifestyle of women in my community, our society and culture. My inspiration comes from my day-to-day activities at the market. I am a part of it too, as purchasing my materials in my local market bring income to my community.
"I dream of one day having a gallery of my own. I want to make it in life with what I have within me. I'd love to groom other talented people to become successful artists."
12 items by Derrick Okanta
Original Signed Acrylic Painting of Ghanaian Market Woman
Mother’s Love, Original Signed Acrylic Painting of Ghanaian Market Woman
Derrick OkantaSelling produce in the market to make ends meet, this Ghanaian mother always puts food on the table. She does what it takes, standing under an umbrella in the hot West African sun, hoping for many...$237.99
Original Signed Expressionist Painting of African Musicians
Rhythm II, Original Signed Expressionist Painting of African Musicians
Derrick OkantaThis wonderfully dynamic acrylic painting is from Derrick Okanta of Ghana. He depicts a couple of West African musicians, one with a harmonica and one playing a dondo talking drum, as others listen...$449.99
Original Artist Painting of a Sudanese Dinka Cattleman
Dinka Man, Original Artist Painting of a Sudanese Dinka Cattleman
Derrick Okanta"The cowherd looks on as his cattle graze," says artist Derrick Okanta. Working in a quiet palette of browns and greys, he depicts the young Dinka man beside a longhorn bull, proudly caring...$459.99
Original Artist Painting of Sudanese Dinka Dancers
Dinka Dance, Original Artist Painting of Sudanese Dinka Dancers
Derrick OkantaDerrick Okanta conveys a sense of festivity in this portrait of a Dinka couple dancing to vibrant rhythms. Characteristically wearing little clothing, these South Sudan residents place great...$459.99
Colorful Expressionist Painting of African Musicians
Rhythm, Colorful Expressionist Painting of African Musicians
Derrick OkantaTwo Ghanaian drummers converse for a moment before starting to play. Artist Derrick Okanta masterfully captures the energy and motion of African music in this original acrylic painting. His judicious...$237.99
Signed Acrylic on Canvas Expressionist Portrait of Women
Pot Ladies, Signed Acrylic on Canvas Expressionist Portrait of Women
Derrick OkantaThis original acrylic painting by Derrick Okanta of Ghana charmingly depicts three Ghanaian ladies with pots balanced on their heads. The artist wryly mimics the pots' shapes in the rounded curves of...$197.99
Original African Expressionist Market Scene Painting
Market Porters, Original African Expressionist Market Scene Painting
Derrick OkantaThis evocative market scene is the work of Derrick Okanta of Ghana. A group of market women, burdened with their wares, enjoy the conviviality of each other's company. The artist's deft brushwork and...$189.99
Expressionist Style Acrylic Painting of Two Women
Concerned Mothers, Expressionist Style Acrylic Painting of Two Women
Derrick OkantaGhanaian artist Derrick Okanta paints this expressive composition in honor of mothers who make sacrifices for the needs of their children and home. Two Ghanaian women with pots on their heads set off...$189.99
After the Rain
Contemporary African Painting of Ghanaian Women
After the Rain, Contemporary African Painting of Ghanaian Women
Derrick OkantaAn appealing color palette and loose, gestural brushwork are the hallmarks of Ghanaian artist Derrick Okanta. In this original acrylic composition, he depicts three colorfully dressed Ghanaian women...$234.99
Original African Drummer Expressionist Painting from Ghana
Music Makers, Original African Drummer Expressionist Painting from Ghana
Derrick OkantaHands moving faster than the eye, a man pounds out a staccato beat on his drum. In the background, the frenetic sounds are repeated by other skilled drummers. Derrick Okanta exalts the importance of...$119.99
Men at Work
Original Signed Ghanaian Painting in Acrylic on Canvas
Men at Work, Original Signed Ghanaian Painting in Acrylic on Canvas
Derrick OkantaTwo men carry gallon cans of water suspended from a pole, balancing the weight across strong shoulders. In the distance, village homes await, where the vital liquid is used for everything. "Water...$119.99
Portrait of Ghanaian Market Women in Purple
Hawkers, Portrait of Ghanaian Market Women in Purple
Derrick OkantaWalking side by side, itinerant saleswomen gracefully balance basins on their heads as they stride purposefully toward the market. Derrick Okanta depicts the pair in deep, rich colors as they enjoy a...$197.99