MY LIFE IS ART. ART IS MY LIFE
Being an artist isn’t just about putting pencil to paper, or brush to canvas. Art can and does mean so much more than that, to so many people. Art is a way of seeing the world, a way of expression, oftentimes a compulsion: we simply must create!
Art may be a way to explore your world or your imagination. Art may inspire a beginning painter to take steps into learning a new medium, or an accomplished artist to experiment with a new technique. Art is teaching, art is learning. Art can be exciting, empowering, and an expression of love.
Art can be a challenge: both frustrating and rewarding at the same time, leading to a sense of accomplishment — or a determination to do more. Art can be a message: of politics, of peace, of brutality or beauty. Art can be an escape, an idealization, or simply a means of play. Art can be anything and everything you let it be.Write that down…
AMB. DR. PRINCE KOJO-HILTON (Art Director / Production designer)
Amb. Dr. Prince Kojo-Hilton is a multi-talented visual artist with almost eighteen years professional experience that has gained him both local and international recognition. He is a product of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) with a major in Art Direction and Production Design (2014).
Due to his hard work, passion and incredible creativity ability, he had a rare opportunity as an understudy to Johnson Edu (his Uncle); at the Technical Department of the National Theatre of Ghana which helped launch his career to another level. His understudy was in the areas of Scenic design, Props Design, Make- up and special effects design, Set Design and Construction. He has used his skills on a number of projects and he has gained the accolade of the first ever artist to create the first ever man made Volcano in Africa. This was for the Guinness’ Big Eruption Concert in Accra, Ghana. He has worked on a number of Films, TV Commercials, TV studio Sets, Music Videos, Theatre Productions and several live Stage events.Adding to his prehistoric repertoire, he has worked as a Scenic Artist with Hollywood Directors of The Matrix Trilogy (the Wachowskis) on the science fiction series ‘Sense 8’which was shot in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014. Kojo has worked with most of the multimedia firms and production houses of great renown in Accra, Ghana and across Africa. His passion and dedication to duty has caused him to accomplish staggering results within a short space of time.With regards to awards, Kojo has won several. Notable amongst them are The Osagyefo Pan African Eminence Art Director/ Production Designer Award 2016; The World Leader Laureate, a PENTASI B’ AWARD 2018 and The 40 Under 40 Award 2019 for the Theatre and Arts category. He also won an Honorary Award from the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana, Legon, in 2017. Other recognitions include nominations for The Global Art Awards; under the category of Ultimate Best Global Mixed Media Artist Award 2017 in Dubai. Yale University also awarded him a Citation of Inspiration in 2018. In 2019 in Nigeria, he was celebrated as a Living Legend by the World Institute of Peace and became the recipient of the World Icon of Peace Award, in 2018 two of his best stage design works were selected and displayed at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space (in Czech Republic) as African Section for Set Design and Costume.Dr. Kojo – Hilton is a strong art advocate, for the past 17 years has single handedly trained and mentored many young talents in Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Kenya, South Africa etc.He is the former Greater Accra Regional chairman for Ghana Association of Visual Artists (GAVA) 2017- 2019.He received the Pan African Republic Honorary Award 2019 and is currently The Pan African Art Ambassador, a Lifetime achievement Award. In 2020 Kojo-Hilton received an Honorary Doctorate license No. 43/2018 from International Forum for Creativity and Humanity – Kingdom of Morocco, same year he was awarded Extraordinary People Awards – USA, In Visual Artist Award of Honor.Events and Projects founded by Amb. Dr. Kojo-Hilton includes; Supports Arts Foundation(SAF), Visual Art Students Empowerment Project (VASEP), PKH Art Africa, Hilwood Studio, The Arts Legendary Wall of Fame Honours, The CombArt Show, Hilton Honorary Art Awards, Pan African States University of Art (PASUA) The community Art Festival.