I met Maxwell while buying a painting of a roaring lion from the local art market, Tetteh Quarshie. Maxwell moved to Accra from Kumasi, in central Ghana’s Ashanti Region. He came to the city to look for a better market for painting. Maxwell started painting when he was in Junior Secondary School, (middle school) and apprenticed for eight years under two different artists. He paints because, as he says, “painting is my talent.” In Kumasi, Maxwell created portraits to order. In Accra, he mostly paints “African paintings” for students and tourists that pass by the art market where he lives and has his studio and shop. Two of Maxwell’s sisters are artists, also: one is a hairdresser and one is a seamstress. His mother sells plantains.

Maxwell in his studio at the roadside art market where he lives and works. His paintings are behind him.

Maxwell's change purses often feature realistic animals, including lions and zebras, and, of course, flamingos and elephants.


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