9 – 20 November
Alliance Française Galleries
FROM KENYA: JOSEPH BERTIERS
Paintings and Sculptures
Joseph Bertiers is an artist from Nairobi, Kenya who began his artistic career in his teens painting signs for local bars, butcher shops, and beauty parlors.
Bertiers’ satirical and colourful pictorial commentary earned him the ‘Jury Prize’ at the 2006 Juried Competition/Exhibition organized by Alliance Française and Goethe-Institut in Nairobi. Bertiers continues to draw attention to social and political issues of the time through his brimming canvasses that display penetrating wit.
FROM BENIN: ERNESTO HOUNGBO
Paintings and Totems
Self-taught artist, Ernesto does not use paint brushes, he paints with his fingers. Ernesto defines his art as having gone through three stages of metamorphosis: the form (he started with figurative painting), the force (the vigour that begin to impose on the form) and the essential (he learnt to go beyond the physical to the spiritual).