Biography

Dela Anyah’s multifaceted practice examines the history and decomposition of discarded objects within local vulcanizer shops, exploring rebirth and identity through sculpture, installations, photography, painting, and film.

Oscillating between memory and fiction, he weaves together narratives based on Ghanaian popular culture, current and historical media accounts, and his ongoing observations and encounters with vulcanizers in his native Ghana.

The visual iconography of vulcanizer shops and scrap yards—stacks of worn tires and inner tubes, mounds of vehicle wreckage, and scrawled signage on the bodies of damaged cars—forms the core of his practice. Amidst what appears to be chaos, Dela contemplates concepts of value in relation to human existence.

Anyah was an artist in residence at the Noldor Residency in 2022. The following year, he was the Second Runner Up for the Kuenyehia Prize. His work is included in the collections of the Celine Art Project (Puerto Banus), Sir David Adjaye (New York, London, Accra), Kuenyehia Collection, 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)


Curriculum Vitae 


Solo Exhibitions 
2024 Homecoming, Ashiyie, Accra, Ghana


2023 Homecoming, Adjirigano, 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 Bold, Institute Museum of Ghana, Accra, Ghana

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

Celine Art Project    Puerto Banus

The Institute Museum of Ghana   Accra

Sir David Adjaye Collection    New York | London | Accra

Isshaq Foundation    Accra

Kuenyehia Collection    Accra

Private Collection   North Carolina



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