Osei G Kofi is a purveyor of Africana par excellence. Decades of an international career crisscrossing Africa, first as a Reuters correspondent, a United Nations senior official, Managing Director of East Africa's famed Gallery Watatu, Nairobi, and lately as agent for some of Africa's emergent fine artists, have given him an encyclopedic overview on contemporary art in Africa. This is a boon for Artnanadede's clients in search for authenticity, originality and quality.
Osei was educated in Ghana, Switzerland and the UK, with degrees from Warwick, Coventry, and the University of Wales, Cardiff. He is a grandson of a paramount chief of the Asante Kingdom and his passion for art was nurtured early, surrounded by Asante regalia and aristocratic paraphernalia at court. He acquired his first work of art, an Akan sculpture, at age ten. Five decades on he's still collecting, and owns a quintessential collection, from art premier to Africa contemporary, especially its early beginnings in East, Central and Southern Africa. He loans to galleries, corporate offices and residences for showcasing.
Osei, who is currently based in Geneva, Switzerland, has travelled in all but a handful of Africa's 54 countries. He is passionate about languages and is fluent in English, French and Portuguese and a few of Ghana's many languages, as wells as having a working grasp of Spanish, Italian, Dutch and German. For more than a decade he's hardly missed covering TEFAF, Maastricht, and Art Basel-Basel. He exhibited his artists at CIGE, Beijing and Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.