Dennis Owusu-Ansah
Youth in Art

EDUCATION: Business Administration | SUNY Institute of Tech

He draped American celebrities and high profile personalities like Obama in African attires to change a narrative. Dennis Owusu-Ansah is a Ghanaian born artist, illustrator and designer based in New York City. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, along with the beauty of the Ghanaian culture, which inspired his interest in art.

He acquired his undergraduate degree from SUNY Institute of Technology in Business Administration with a minor in Finance. After graduating from college, Owusu-Ansah started creating art as a hobby. His artwork consists of paintings which feature African-American celebrities such as Rihanna, Jay Z, Drake, Kevin Hart, Beyonce etc. draped in African traditional attires. An idea conceived after he witnessed his friend being teased by a group of men for wearing Kente. He saw this as an opportunity to educate and change the perspective of people who are not familiar with the African culture.

By reimaging global icons in African attire, Dennis is contributing to a new trend. A culture that was once mocked now attracts people from all walks of life. After his work went viral, Dennis has received orders from all over the world including those who once mocked him and his friends.

His paintings have spread far outside of the United States and all parts of the world due to various social media networks. Owusu-Ansah is also the founder and ceo of DENSAH COLLECTION. He has designed clothes and artworks for Ghanaian celebrities such as Stonebwoy and 4X4. But more than anything, Owusu-Ansah’s work is showing the beauty, richness and diversity among cultures of the continent.

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