Behind Prince Gyasi’s Rapid Rise in the Art Market and Beyond

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Between high-profile collaborations and strong showings at major fairs, it’s likely that Gyasi’s profile will continue to rise as the demand for his work becomes more international. This past February, the artist was featured in the spring and summer collection for fashion mogul Virgil Abloh’s brand Off-White. The live fashion show, which premiered on Abloh’s Imaginary TV platform, showed Gyasi, surrounded by mannequins, dressed in clothes from the new line. The following month, Gyasi photographed supermodel Naomi Campbell for a cover feature in an issue of Madame Figaro, which Campbell guest-edited.

The coming year is shaping up to be among the artist’s busiest in terms of fairs and exhibitions. In November, Gyasi will be a featured artist at Paris Photo, the largest international photography fair. In 2022, he’ll be the lead artist featured at the Kyotographie festival in Japan. Amid all these projects, Gyasi is also the co-founder of the nonprofit Boxed Kids. The Accra-based organization, which he launched in 2017 with his partner, the director Kuukua Eshun, is dedicated to helping provide an education for children in Jamestown, one of the city’s oldest districts.

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