Fredrick Oko Martey
Born on the 23rd of March, he is a graduate and former Lecturer of the College of Art at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at Kumasi, Ghana. Oko has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ghana and the USA. His works are widely collected in both private and public collections in Ghana and abroad. He now lives and works in Ghana as a freelance Sculptor, working in wood, stone and panels.
Fredrick Oko Matey studied sculpture at the College of Art, KNUST, graduating with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Fine Art. He also has a certificate in Foundry Art Practice from Johnson Atelier in New Jersey, USA. He taught Art at the College of Art -KNUST.
Working in wood, cement, and bronze Frederick tries to integrate traditional themes of Ghanaian visual arts into contemporary idiom. He is particularly interested in recycling tree trunks, branches and other matter left over from the exploitation of nature.
Frederick says “like most Ghanaian Art students, I had thought that making art the European way was the ultimate, but the real search for true art began the dà I left College – the great search was for myself. Being me was the best way to project my feelings about the world.
Through the representational I create new life in planes; distortion; texture. …….the joy of creation is that it opens life to me.
Frederick’s works are widely collected and have been exhibited in Ghana and the USA.