"Carving is a way of life for me. I love it. And you might notice that my designs reflect my personality!"
Born on the 15th day of December 1974, Ellen Akosua Amoako attended school in both Sunyani and Accra. In 1996, Ellen completed her High School education at the Sunyani Technical Institute, graduating as a professional secretary.
Ellen's resourcefulness led her to pursue artistic interests, including woodcarving, and batik and screen printing. "It was not by accident that I took interest in these arts," explains Ellen. "My father, Joseph Alexander Amoako, is a master craftsman, and my mother, Justina Gyamaa, is a homemaker who makes beautiful batik and screen-printing designs."
Ellen’s immense woodcarving and sculpting talents were recognized when she carved wood panels and walking sticks for an arts and crafts show organized by the Center for National Culture, in Accra, in 2000. Since then, she has been exhibiting her carvings and promoting her work nationally and internationally. Traditionally in Ghana, woodcarving is a male-dominated art.
"Carving is a way of life for me. I love it. And you might notice that my designs reflect my personality!" the artist confides. Ellen’s work is indeed original and beautiful.