Hello everyone, it's been a minute since we gather together to share our thoughts on a topic. As I told you on my insta story, I recently traveled to my home country (Gabon), this journey allowed me to reconnect with my roots. You guys all asked me to share Gabonese Art for this week article on "The Talk". That is the reason why I will present to you a Gabonese painter, his art pieces, his vision and the impact of Gabonese culture in his art. I will also talk about an amazing material originates from Gabon that strongly represent the beauty behind Gabonese Art.
Cyprien Ovono is a Gabonese painter, designer, and illustrator born at Port-Gentil, Gabon. Attracted to painting from an early age, Cyprien started exposing his painting at the age of 15. Mainly influenced by legendary artists such as Da Vinci and Van Gogh, this Gabonese artist is in constant improvement thanks to his 20 years experience of the Art industry.
Mr. Ovono is versatile when it comes to the materials used in his work.
From Animal skin, wood, canvas, and raffia (the fiber from the leaves of the raffia tree, used for making items such as hats and baskets); he strives to change the dull opinion on "the perfect kits for the perfect painter"
By incorporating surprising elements such as fish scales and wood peel, Cyprien is opening new possibilities for a new generation of African painter.
Thanks to his unrestraint to a particular style, Cyprien is able to create paintings representing his world, thoughts, ever-changing emotions and creativity. This allows the viewer to learn more about him in general, I can say that looking at an Art piece from Cyprien is like meeting him for the first time.
The reflection behind Cyprien's work is simply amazing. Eager to learn more about the world and strongly influenced by Gabonese culture and its ecological heritage, for Cyprien Ovono, every life experiences are opportunities to get inspired for his next projects. By taking Women as his muses, and by mainly portraying African figures dressed in a traditional manner or doing traditional activities, Cyprien wants to express life throughout his paintings and showcase Gabonese heritage through Art.
Recently Cyprien Ovono is working with many elementary schools of Port-Gentil to teach Art to the children, it is a way for his to "pass the torch of creativity" to the younger generation.
I will finish the article by talking about a wonderful stone use by many sculptors in Gabon. The stone of Mbigou is one of the most famous Gabonese artistic work. Extracted from the village of Mbigou, the stones are a pillar of our cultural and ecological heritage.
Better than anyone and for generations, the sculptors from the Mbigou village know how to highlight the beautiful hues of this stone.
Today the stone Mbigou is worked in different ways, it is highlighted in a variety of forms; from wall decoration, furniture to the decorative object. such as statuettes, figurines, and others. The stone combines perfectly with the precious wood of Gabon and other materials. (source: Gabon-ecotourism)
That's it guys I hope you enjoyed learning more about a Gabonese Artist and his vision behind his Art. If you guys want to watch a full interview of Cyprien Ovono, here is a link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLU40dbPJyA&feature=youtu.be).