Theophilus Tetteh, also known by his brush name Nii Odai, is an African contemporary artist from Ghana. He studied graphic design and painting at Marimus art school all while experimenting with different media themes. He recently won the artist of the year prize at the BE OPEN Art online gallery (which empowers emerging artists from all around the world) and he is also a member of the Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA).
Perhaps one characteristic of Nii Odai’s work that stands out is his use of raw colors. And that’s because they’re the closest manifestation of creation or the creator and its ability to evoke our emotions. “Being an artist to me simply means imitating the principles of creation and our creator,” he says. As a result, his work synthesizes the mechanics of the man-made environment with the natural order of the world and helps us feel attached to the unseen.
“And I want my work to convey a message of inspiration that evokes emotion and natural virtues.”