Selected works by Boris Nzebo

Boris Nzebo
HLM (Habitats à Loyer Modérés)

2013

Acrylic on canvas

Triptych, each: 230 x 200 cm

Boris Nzebo’s multilayered paintings and collages conjure the astounding visual complexity typical of the West African city. Entirely drawing his subject matter from urban culture in his hometown Douala, Nzebo invests his works with psycho geographical impulse: their primary subjects are the elaborate hairstyles of men and women, which he lays on city views as integral features of the architecture. Inspired by the hand-painted advertising illustrations found in West African beauty parlors, the heads incarnate the intimate relation between the individual and street life. This symbiotic connection allows for a multiplicity of readings of the image, rendering levels of information in a sort of visual polyphony that rhythmically integrates humans and the space they inhabit.

Boris Nzebo
Auberge du Boulot Noir

2013

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 130 cm

Possessing a flamboyant, dandy-like sense of fashion and style, the artist weaves the colourful silhouettes representing large human heads with the buildings’ façades or the intimacy of interiors, thus merging the diverse spheres where social and psychological life take place.
Douala, the largest city of Cameroon, embodies a kaleidoscopic visual fabric where a vast repertoire of contemporary trends alternates with historical buildings, traditional and modern dress codes, graffiti and advertising. The organic nature of such layering, its unpredictability and resilience are at the very root of Boris Nzebo’s images, which mirror the city’s inhabitants’ horror vacui as they attempt to fill every available space with extraordinary intensity.

Text © Gabriela Salgado

Boris Nzebo
Construction Mentale

2013

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 130 cm
Boris Nzebo
Madame Trottoir

2009

Acrylic on canvas

120 x 120 cm
Boris Nzebo
Down Town

2013

Acrylic on canvas

150 x 600 cm
Boris Nzebo
Cours Familiale

2014

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 200 cm
Boris Nzebo
The Greats Realisations of 2035

2014

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 200 cm
Boris Nzebo
Douala Tonight

2014

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 200 cm
Boris Nzebo
Chateau d'Eau

2014

Acrylic on canvas

230 x 200 cm

Articles

BORIS NZEBO
Enough Rooms for Space

On several canvases and drawings Boris NzĂ©bo combines portraits with typical urban vistas from his city, Douala. He is inspired by a fascination for beauty culture and global pop culture, but also by his background as a poster artist for the countless small hairdresser’s shops — hubs of desire due to their celebrity photos and improvised international chic.

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Source: enoughroomforspace.org


BORIS NZEBO
Boris Nzebo. blogspot

NĂ© en 1979 Ă  Port-Gentil au Gabon. Il a commencĂ© en peignant des devantures de coiffeurs puis a abandonnĂ© pour se consacrer exclusivement Ă  l'art, Ă  travers une dĂ©marche originale : il explore la coiffure dans l'espace urbain. Il y voit les signes du rang social, de l'expression d'une pensĂ©e, d'une appartenance culturelle. "Je vise Ă  reproduire le questionnement qui est le mien face Ă  une sociĂ©tĂ© en quĂȘtes de repĂšres. Je suscite l'interrogation. Car comment comprendre que notre environnement n'est pas aussi bien soignĂ© que nos tĂȘtes ? Quand nos cheveux sont malades nous les soignons, mais nous ne faisons rien pour combattre la corruption, les dĂ©tournements des deniers publics, etc." Il veut dĂ©construire les a priori que l'on a des gens parce qu'ils sont "convenablement coiffĂ©s, nĂ©gligĂ©s ou fous avec leurs dreadlocks. Une coiffure a un sens dans un environnement prĂ©cis. Il faut pouvoir dĂ©chiffrer les codes et aller au-delĂ ".

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Source: borisnzebo.blogspot.co.uk