Boris Nzebo, ‘Noir Desir’, 2013, Amref Health Africa: Benefit Auction 2017

EA 2/9

Framed: 11 x 8 in

Artist Biography
Boris Nzebo was born in Port-Gentil, Gabon, in 1979. He makes paintings that draw on the surroundings of his home town Douala, Cameroon's largest city. He uses a strong colour palette that evokes the murals and graffiti of street culture found throughout Douala's suburbs. While at times kitsch, his works are instantly recognizable - simultaneously personal and universal - and speak a language familiar to Douala's inhabitants. Nzebo's stylized execution owes a lot to painted haircut signs found outside Cameroon's barber shops. Appropriating the language of advertising he creates portraits taken from detailed studies of traditional African hairstyles, often elaborate, and combines them with informal snapshots of local neighbourhoods, urban architecture and scenes from daily life. His work has been exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, London, and the Manchester Art Gallery, UK.
— *Courtesy of Boris Nzebo

Signature: Signed on recto

Jack Bell Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2017, Brooklyn, 2017; Boris Nzebo Urban Style, Manchester Art Gallery, June – Sept, 2016; Jack Bell Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2016, London, 2016; Jack Bell Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2016, Brooklyn, 2016; Jack Bell Gallery at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York 2015, New York

Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America' Saatchi Gallery, London, 11 March - 6 September 2015; 'Pangaea: New Art From Africa and Latin America' Saatchi Gallery, London, 2 April - 2 November 2014.

Boris Nzebo