Patrick Quarm was born in the post-colonial town Sekondi, Ghana in the year 1988. Currently living and practicing in the United States. He graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (2012) with a BFA in Painting and a Masters of Fine Art degree at Texas Tech University (2018). Patrick’s work has been showcased around the world at K.N.U.S.T Museum Kumasi, Ghana; Peckham International Art Fair (PIAF), London, England; Caviel Museum of African American History, Lubbock, Texas. He has also served as a teaching assistant and Adjunct Professor for painting and drawing courses in both Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Texas Tech University.
Ever since Quarm moved to the United States, he has explored the meaning of living in a new environment and culture. Both cultures, western and Ghanaian, have opened a path of self-discovery for the artist. Quarm’s work is inspired by his colonial past, post- colonial identity and the contemporary collision of current cultures that exist in the present Ghanaian territory. How these impacted him and others, is what he calls a hybrid identity – stories and experiences that turn into a third personality fed by political, social, historical and cultural expressions. That is what Patrick uses to merge cultures and to create dialogues with his works. “Patrick employs a juxtaposition of the traditional Western style of painting with African print fabrics as a metaphor to engage the dialogue of cultural hybrid and to compose an imagery that references the merging point of both cultures”.
Quarm is currently living and working in the United States. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Thierry Goldberg Gallery in NY and the Library Street Collective in Detroit, among others. Patrick Quarm has participated as an artist in residence in the 2019 Red Bull Arts Detroit Artist Residency and has been featured in articles for “ArtDaily”, “ARTFORUM” and “HYPERALLERGIC”.