. Artist Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe on the Hidden Stories of Black American Cowboys That Fuel His New Paintings « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – When Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe was a kid growing up in Accra, Ghana, he loved to watch old Spaghetti Westerns on television or at the movie theater. “TNT movies” he called them, a nod to the station best known for its vintage cinematic offerings. Years later, he learned that the story of the American cowboy was far more nuanced than Hollywood had portrayed. In 2019, Quaicoe, who now lives and works in Portland, Oregon, was watching Black Lives Matter protests unfold, when some marchers caught his eye: the Compton Cowboys, a group of Black men and women riding horses down the streets.


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