Owusu-Ankomah was born in 1956 in Ghana. He studied at Ghanatta College of Art, Accra before moving to Bremen, Germany in 1986 where he still lives and works.
Owusu-Ankomah’s canvases merge symbols of his own invention with geographically and historically diverse visual references, from Sahara rock painting and Italian Renaissance sculpture, to Ghanaian textile designs, Chinese calligraphy, New York graffiti, and capoeira martial arts from Brazil.
A recurring theme in Owusu-Ankomah’s large bold canvases is the adinkra system of signs originating from the Akan pre-colonial cloth printing tradition. Each sign relates to a particular proverb or saying. His early work focused on the ancient traditions of masquerade and rock paintings in Africa.
Owusu-Ankomah’s more recent bodies of work, Prelude to the Microcron and Microcron Kundum, are executed mainly in blue, black and white. They depict bold and naked figures, censored by a covering of complex symbols, which in a manner renders them almost invisible. In these works, his influence by the full-bodied, muscular figures of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo is clearly discernible
In 2006, Owusu-Ankomah was invited to create a work for the World Cup FIFA Art Edition Project. His paintings have been exhibited internationally in several countries including Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.
His works have been shown in several prestigious places including The Newark Museum Newark, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, and the Centre Pomidou in Paris.