Born in August 1982 in Nigeria, Port Harcourt, Nii Ashirifi Laryea started drawing and painting at a very tender age with the encouragement of his parents.
He was educated at the KNUST primary and Junior High in KNUST and Prempeh College where he offered visual arts. He also studied at the College of Art and Social Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, where he obtained his BFA degree in Painting.
As a painter, Nii Laryea works in all media such as oil paints, acrylics, water colour. In drawing he uses all media available – pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastels, wax and smoke and others.
Generally the themes for Laryea’s works are inspired by nature to be precise everything around him. His style ranges from realism to abstraction, majoring in realism. His paintings are characterised by contrasting colours. They emphasize all important values of composition for example, form, proportion, colour gradation and perspective.
Nii Laryea enjoys painting illusions (Trompe L’Oeil), and also has other hobbies like, Land Scaping, Interior Designing, Singing and Music Conducting.
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