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Ghanaian Artist Acknowledged By Will Smith (Bad Boys) For Artwork


Jan. 24, 2020

Ghanaian artist, Emmanuel Apraku of Ray Styles Studio has caught the attention and admiration of superstar actor, Will Smith. The artist, who is popularly known for his works under the name ‘PenciledCelebrities‘ was mentioned in Will Smith’s collection of ‘Bad Boys’ inspired arts on the internet.
He wrote: “I am floored by all the beautiful, amazing, inspired @badboys art y’all have been posting. Thank you thank you THANK YOU!”
PenciledCelebrities, a team made up Emmanuel Apraku, Kwadwo Bediako and Richard Darkey, have been getting global acclaim for their fun representation of celebrity culture as well their take on as global issues.
Emmanuel Apraku is a budding acrylic and oil painter and pencil sketch artist from Ghana.  He is the owner of Ray Styles Studios or “PenciledCelebrities” as his company is popularly known. He, along with three other partners formed the company in 2015.
PenciledCelebrities specialize in logos, branding, book illustrations, portraits, and conceptual paintings/illustrations. The youngest child out of four, Apraku was raised solely by his mother, after the death of his father. Apraku was eight. “My mother became the new ‘father’” he expressed.
Spending his primary and secondary school years at Accra New Town Experimental School, he then proceeded to further his education at Accra Academy from 2003 to 2006 and then at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Art, respectively. He earned his bachelor of art degree in communication design from the latter.
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