Godfried Donkor was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and moved to London in 1973 where he later studied Art and Art History at St. Martins College of Art (1989) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (1995). He also studied post-graduate painting at Escola Massana in Barcelona, Spain (1991).
Donkor is a painter who works with mixed media collages and printmaking, and he has also started working with video. He includes iconography of mass media as a major theme in his work. In mixing styles and imagery from conflicting political and social divides, Donkor’s work emphasizes “creolization” as the creative force emerging from the reciprocity of language, culture, and social interaction.
Since 1995, Donkor has held several solo exhibitions in locations such as Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Senegal, Sweden, South Africa, the UK and USA. He was featured in biennial exhibitions in Salamanca (2003), Venice (2001), Havana (2000) and Dakar (1998); “Pin Up” at Tate Modern (2003-4), “Around the World in 80 days” at the ICA (2006); group shows in Austria, Belgium, Ghana, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, South Africa, the UK and USA.