Amoako Boafo

Shelton Boyd-Griffith, Grazia, August 30, 2021

The in-demand, culturally relevant, award-winning international art superstar, Amoako Boafo was recently selected to create the inaugural Suborbital Triptych, painted on exterior panels of a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket and tomorrow,  the worlds — or, rather otherworldly we should say — of art and space collide. That’s right Tomorrow—August 26, 2021—at 8:00am CDT (9:00am EST) the programs first art commission for space travel, will launch from West Texas. The Ghana-Born, Vienna-trained, artist’s original work will adorn the composite panels of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket. This is an historic moment, as this makes Boafo the first Black artist to have work sent into space.


“The profound strength of Amoako’s portraits for the first Suborbital Triptych will bring another dimension to the power that propels the New Shepard rocket,” Josh Hanes, chief executive of Uplift Aerospace, said in a statement. Boafo’s triptych will also help raise awareness and funds for charities that will be announced in a ceremony after the voyage."