Isshaq Ismail was born in 1989 in Accra, Ghana. He uses his art as a tool to make polemic statements, working in a style he describes as infantile semi-abstraction.
He investigates and explores grotesque figures and textures in his paintings. Ismail's works are a conversation on place and identity, providing an intimate look at social, cultural and political realities of living in this dynamic 21st century and poetically expressing how those realities ultimately impact one’s identity, and all about emotions and moods of the society.
One of 10 artists shortlisted for the Kuenyehia Art Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Arts in 2015, and one year later reached the top 100 of Barclays L’Artelier Art Competition in Johannesburg.
Nonchalant 2 (Nana Kwesi Wiafe) was purchased for $110,000 in Christie's 2021 Say it Loud: Visionaries of Self auction, more than 6 times the painting's upper estimate.