David Wolobah

David Wolobah is a Liberian artist who currently lives in China. Photo by Prof. Ken Harper

David Wolobah was born on October 5, 1970 in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.  His father Joseph Flomo (diseased, was a well known dietician who served three successive head of states – from late Presidents Tubman to Samuel K. Doe.  His mother, Lorpu Garwee, a woman endowed with the gift of basket making is still alive.

A 1995 graduate of the Saint Samuel’s High school in Monrovia, David started painting at the tender age of 13 having been inspired by the colors his mother employed in basket making  – particularly bright colors!  Mr. Flomo saw the talent young David has, so in 1988, he took his son to the Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism to serve as cadet under the then graphic arts division Director Mr. Baryogar Reeves.  Upon successful completion of few layout assignments, the Director decided that David will be Junior Artist – not a cadet! Employment then came that lasted from 1988 – 1991.

David’s first appearance on an art exhibition was in 1995, during an show sponsored by the then ITC Bank (now  International Bank – IB, in Liberia).  Since then the artist has participated in several local and international art shows and won several art awards the most recent been the Spanish Embassy contest (March 2009) under the theme ‘Empowering Liberian Women’, where he came 2nd.  Before that he took 1st. place in the Japan Poster Contest in 1999.