Anthony Komla’s Sculptures, Born in the Womb of Africa


BlackJesusAnthony Komla, a native of Ghana in West Africa, was born with a gift for creating sculpture.

Art and craftsmanship came naturally. He started with available woods and tools at home and his father’s carpentry shop in a high school called Odorgonno Secondary School.

;As a child, Komla made his own toys, and his crafts were among those selected to be exhibited at the Arts Council of Ghana. He won the first prize of 20 Shillings, a substantial amount in British currency in those days, at Kotobabi School, K1. Art Competition.

His teacher at the time, Naadu Mills, later became first lady of Ghana.

< p>< p>< p&gtAs his art developed, he began to supply local craft shops in Ghana with his works, and his crafts were placed in exhibitions in West Germany by Ghana Export. He taught arts and crafts at St. Martin De Porres School in Accra, Ghana.

Komla came to the United States in 1987 and has since been making his artistic mark in the communities where he lived. A devout Catholic, he has consistently contributed artistic creations to the communities, country, and the world at large.

Over the course of his career, he created special carvings for Oprah Winfrey and for Pope John Paul II to commemorate his trip to Ghana.

Some of Komla’s achievements include his 2013 sculpture of Black Jesus Christ, which was hand-carved out of a single piece of redwood, with the exception of the arms which were carved separately.

He also refurbished statues of Mary, Our Lady of Africa, and Joseph, to reflect the African-American Heritage, all at St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland.

These works were commissioned by Fr. Aidan McAleenan, pastor of St. Columba.

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