"I was born with an innate creative mind. I explored my ability as a young boy when I lived in a house with an artist named Sam Otu, who painted houses and created hand-painted signage for a living. I was fascinated by the colors and brushstrokes. I always loved to watch him at work and begged him to let me have a go at it. He was very kind, allowing me to have fun playing with his colors. I used to come up with very exciting images using the colors. <br><br> "I was encouraged by the artist to continue practicing to improve on my talent. I pursued visual arts at secondary school and then went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in painting at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. <br><br> "I am a Ghanaian painter, popularly known as 'Olukus' which is also my brush name. I was born at Kwadaso, a town on the outskirts of Kumasi. <br><br> "People say I eat and breathe colors, which can be seen in the many hues found in my works. Some also call me Mr. No-Limit, which shows in the different kind of styles I use in my paintings ? realistic, abstract, impressionist as well as post modernist styles. I am also known to create my own style of painting. <br><br> "I am the type who always explores in diverse ways before coming out with a style or new painting. This can sometimes be challenging because of my meticulous thought process. I can eventually come out with something great, so that is rewarding. <br><br> "I love to teach and share ideas on all fields of art and other subjects. I have trained a few painters who are now practicing art commercially in Kumasi. <br><br> "I have also accumulated a number of distinctions, which shows in my versatile nature as an artist and enthusiastic creations on local scenes, dream and fantasy world scenes. <br><br> "My preferred media are acrylics, oils and enamel for local advertising signs and car branding. As a brush painter, I explore palette colors and other materials used for painting. I work on self-prepared canvas. <br><br> "My favorite thing about painting is the use of colors. My inspiration comes from dreams and my God-given imagination. I am also greatly inspired by the great artists and painters of our time. <br><br> "It has not been easy to get to where I am today. I had to work to pay my way through most of my education. It has taken a lot of hard work and determination to succeed in what I love to do. I sell my paintings at local galleries and fairs. More recently, I am trying to turn my painting into installation art, which shows the post modern aspect of my painting. <br><br> "My plans and hopes for the future are to become internationally recognized as an artist. I would also like to operate a gallery for my works and those of others. In the near future, I would like to pursue further studies to become an art professor." Luqman Boateng has exhibited his works in various Ghanaian venues.