Recent Paintings by Franco Ndiba
Jack Bell Gallery is pleased to present a solo show of new paintings by contemporary artist Franco Ndiba. This will be his first exhibition in the UK.
“My art speaks of myself, my gaze towards everything around me. I am an observer of the environment that I rub shoulders with on a daily basis. Passing through this or that place, I record the deeds and gestures of the people that inhabit them and the conditions of life that they face. When representing my subjects, I like the images to remain anonymous so that the viewer can feel concern with what I see. I use an impressionist technique, with more or less fanciful touches in the shapes and background. The pastel colours are associated with ambient light, but are also a reflection of my state of mind.”
Franco Ndiba was born in 1983 in Douala, where he lives and works. Between 2002 and 2007 he trained as an artist by attending the Daybor Arts workshop, where he specialised in painting, drawing, decoration and set design. He sees himself as a portraitist, using a neo-cubist language as in the work for Imago Mundi, in which he portrays the Cameroonian novelist Ferdinand Oyono, author in 1956 of the novel “Le vieux Nègre et la medaille”.
He has participated in several group exhibitions in Yaoundé and Douala and in 2012 in N’Djamena (Chad).
The exhibitions runs until 9 July 2021.
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