Biography




Dela Anyah’s multifaceted practice examines the history and decomposition of discarded objects within local vulcaniser shops, exploring rebirth and identity in a body of work that includes sculpture, installations, photography, painting and film.

Oscillating between memory and fiction, he weaves together multiple narratives that are based on Ghanaian popular culture, current and historical media accounts, and his own ongoing observations and encounters with vulcanisers in his native Ghana. The visual iconography of vulcaniser shops and scrap yards—stacks of worn tyres and inner tubes, mounds of vehicle wreckage, and scrawled signage on the bodies of damaged cars—forms the core of his practise. In the middle of what appears to be chaos, Dela muses about concepts of value in relation to our existence as humans. 

Anyah was an artist in residence at the Noldor Residency in 2022. The next year, he came in as Second Runner Up for the Kuenyehia Prize. His work belongs in the collections of Sir David Adjaye (New York, London, Accra), the Institute Museum of Ghana and the Isshaq Foundation in Accra, Ghana.

Selected solo exhibitions include: Nubuke Foundation, Accra (2023), The Noldor Residency, Accra (2022)

Selected group exhibitions include: The Anzai Gallery, Tokyo (2024), Museum of Science and Technology, Accra (2023), Institute Museum of Ghana, Accra (2023), Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2023), Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen (2023)







Artist Statement 



My artistic exploration centers around vulcanizer and mechanic spaces, particularly the discarded objects within them, unraveling their histories and potential futures. This fascination is deeply rooted in concepts of renewal, self-discovery, identity, rebirth, and transformative change—themes that echo throughout my personal life and creative odyssey.
Through the utilization of found objects like tires, inner tubes, license plates, bicycle rims, and more, I craft new forms that serve as visual manifestations of my core themes: identity and rebirth. Each piece becomes a narrative, weaving together the stories of forgotten materials into a tapestry of significance.

Ultimately, my artwork strives to breathe life into the seemingly mundane, infusing vitality into objects that may appear lifeless or resigned. It is an exploration of finding value in the overlooked, celebrating the potential for renewal in what might seem dead or hopeless at first glance.







Curriculum Vitae



Solo Exhibitions 
2023 Homecoming, Adjiriganor, Accra, Ghana

2023 Climate, Jamestown Coffee Co, Accra, Ghana

2023 Elementary Rebirth, Nubuke Foundation, Accra, Ghana 

2022 The Dreamers Cocoon,  The Noldor Residency, Accra, Ghana



Group Exhibitions

2024 Form Comes To Mind, The Anzai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2023 Homecoming, Museum of Science and Technology, Accra, Ghana

2023 X’MAS 23, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023 Kaleidoscope of Dreams, Institute Museum of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

2023 Worldmaking, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA 

2023 SUMMERTIME’23, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2023 REVERB 23 | Abstract Resonances //Contemporary Voices, Latitudes Online

2023 Kuenyehia Prize Awards, The Mix Design Hub, Accra, Ghana


Awards

2023 2nd Runner Up: Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Art          

2022 Semi-Finalist: Art X Prize  
 


Bibliography
2023 MANJU JOURNAL. (2023). VOICES: GHANA’S ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN WORDS. Twentyfour Thirtysix Ltd. Page 54


Residencies
2022 The Noldor Residency, Accra, Ghana

Collections

The Institute Museum of Ghana   Accra

Sir David Adjaye Collection New York | London | Accra

Isshaq Foundation Accra

Private Collection North Carolina



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