Saah John

                          Saah was born November 15th, 1984 in Lofa County Liberia.

He developed the passion of art at the age of 10 years old where due to lack of materials even then he used to draw on walls and on the ground with charcoal and pencils. His parents were not happy with him and told him constantly that art was for fools and so never supported him. So he left home at an early age.

      

He traveled briefly to Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Sierra Leone where he gained additional techniques from working with artists in these countries. He then returned to Liberia and continued his work there creating beautiful works of art, of which some can be bought via Splash of Africa. Upon his return to Liberia, he discovered that the atmosphere and situation had not changed there for artists. Artists were still not supported by the local communities and seen as waste of time. Also getting hold of decent materials is extremely hard and very expensive, as a result they have to be very creative. The market in Liberia and west Africa as a whole for artists is not economically viable as they work extremely hard under strenuous circumstances for very little income per canvas painted.

Saah’s dream is to have the local community built art center where local artists can not only display their art but also share ideas and techniques and grow as professional artists.