South Africa’s precious Kofi bursts into Boulder’s art world with vivid abstracts – Boulder Daily Camera

The work of contemporary South African artist Precious Kofi – who now lives in Boulder – is bursting with emotion and living tributes to his country of origin. His captivating summaries, rich in color and movement, continue to garner praise from fans, critics and other creators.

Artist Precious Kofi poses in front of one of his paintings in Boulder in 2021. (Natalia Cochrane Zueva / Courtesy Photo)

This is not the first time that Kofi has been in the spotlight.

While the 34-year-old designer’s life is currently spent hours in her Boulder studio and painting on canvas, it was once filled with voiceover work, camera time, and red carpet walks.

In 2006, she hosted her own talk show called “Keeping It Real with Precious”.

In 2007, she starred in the drama series “Divers Down”, about a group of young recruits joining the Navy. With guest roles in “Without A Trace”, “Tsha Tsha” and “Zone 14”, she continued to gain experience in the industry.

She was also chosen as one of the main characters – Keitu – in the South African animated series “URBO: The Adventures Of Pax Afrika”.

“Vigilant” (2021) by Precious Kofi. (Precious Kofi / Courtesy Photo)

From her artistic debut at Boulder Arts Week in the spring, where she was selected from among 110 artists to exhibit paintings she made in response to the Boulder King Soopers mass shooting on March 22, to her first solo show at the Refuge Art Gallery, now closed. , Kofi’s leap into the visual arts world continues to gain momentum.

His new artistic career caught the attention of publications in South Africa, eager to publicize the successful television personality in the United States.

Kofi sees his work as a unifier of sorts. She hopes that through her thrilling pieces, viewers can feel embraced, held and touched. She wants coins to bring comfort when words aren’t enough.

She is part of a group exhibition, “It’s not Black and White” organized by Ink Lounge in Denver, which features the work of 31 artists from Colorado. In the pieces, the artists reflect on the current social issues that concern them. Limited-edition silkscreens from the show that opened earlier this month are selling for $ 25 – with a portion of the proceeds going to the Black Love Mural Festival, which takes place at Civic Center Park in Denver through August 2, and Headwaters Protectors, an organization that helps provide water and waste services to homeless people in Denver.

“Entanglement” (2021) by Precious Kofi. (Precious Kofi / Courtesy Photo)

Prints of his piece “Childhood” can be purchased online at inklounge.com/exhibit-black-white.html.

Recently, Kofi was accepted into the prestigious Artist-in-Residence program at Chateau d’Orquevaux, where international designers embark on an artistic journey through the breathtaking gardens located in Orquevaux, France.

We caught up with the mother of two to find out what inspired her to pursue her art on a larger scale, future collaborations to come and where she finds inspiration.

Daily Camera: I know you have had a successful career in television as a host and actress. What prompted you to take the leap as a full-time artist?

Precious Kofi: When I left my TV career, I planned to be a stay-at-home mom until my kids were of school age. They are now fully at ease in their school life and after the unexpected 2020 year that we have all lived, I have decided to fully embark on a career that I have always wanted. Making the leap to becoming a full time artist is a gift to recognize that we have this life to live and that I intend to live it fully and completely as I think I am.

Precious Kofi paints in his Boulder studio in the spring of 2021. (Natalia Cochrane Zueva / Courtesy photo)

DC: What motivated your move to Boulder and what do you like most about the arts community here?

PACKAGE: I moved to Colorado about 10 years ago and during those years Boulder has been a point of interest. Once I visited I felt at home for the first time while living outside of South Africa. And, so I planted our lives here and we stayed.

DC: I understand that you are hoping to host a show featuring the work of African immigrants who now reside in Colorado for Africa Day 2022. What inspired this concept?

PACKAGE: The opportunity to collaborate with the African immigrant community in creating an installation that celebrates and represents our individual stories is an absolute gift. Even living in South Africa, I have always admired immigrants and what we called the immigrant mentality. Just knowing that people are building a life in a foreign nation, often without the known support of family and close connections. And, the chance to offer a large-scale work of art that deals with oneness – rather than otherness – is exactly what our world needs to remember this umntu ngumntu ngabantu, which translates to “I am because you are”.

Artist Precious Kofi in her Boulder studio in 2021 (Natalia Cochrane Zueva / Courtesy photo)

DC: Where do you draw your artistic inspiration from and what are your latest inspired pieces?

PACKAGE: My inspiration comes from doing the job. When I am creating, I am inspired by the act of creation. A thought or feeling can turn into an idea that turns into something bigger and perhaps involves the direct collaboration of other people to ultimately be experienced by the viewer. This is why I am an artist. Because life itself is an art. And we become creators of our individual realities, whether this responsibility is recognized or not.

DC: Are there any creative or personal goals you would like to achieve this year?

PACKAGE: I am so sure of it. The continual points on my list are to live fully each day. Show myself sincerely for my work, show myself as a person and be a present witness to the beautiful childhood of my children. Awareness of these desires helps in how I move around the world and how I participate in community. The ultimate fulfillment is to be alive in one’s life.




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