ARTIST:

Boris Nzebo

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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

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Thursday, 26 November 2020: COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

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