Contemporary and tribal African art
Director: Sorella Acosta
Address: Carrer Nou 1
Location: 08870 Sitges
Timetable: Monday - Sunday: 11 - 14h and 18 - 20.30h; Saturday: since 21h; Tuesday and Wednesday, only afternoon
Exhibition by Evans Mbugua & Emeka Udemba
Working in oil paint on plexiglass, the artist composes his works from a series of dots, creating layers that, in the finished works, result in shapes coming in and out of focus as the viewer moves towards or away from each piece. These works celebrate and elevate his dancers with brightness and reflections while simultaneously revealing the freedom of movement and the human fragility.
Emeka Udemba (Nigèria)
Emeka Udemba’s artistic practices and projects explore and question the spaces we inhabit, the way they shape our minds and our identities, as well as what they reveal about us. Udemba’s works examine issues of cultural diversity within the context of the global interconnectedness and recollection. The artist constantly negotiates streams of consciousness which have become a symbol of our own uncertainties and existential doubts .
Group show with different artists represented by the gallery: Aboudia – Méné – Bodo Fils – Anjel – Evans Mbugua – Fran Martí – Ilídio Candja Candja – Médéric Turay – Miquel Arnal – Remy Samuz – Sadikou Oukpedjo -
Wycliffe Mundopa – Sébastien Bouchard – Mimouni – Siaka Soppo Traore
Exhibition by several African artists: Anjel, Evans Mbugua, Larry Otoo, Médéric Turay, Méné and Wycliffe Mundopa.
The Cameroonian artist Anjel presents works where the subjects are addicts of things and concepts, to fashion and brands. In this world of consumerism, appearances are imposed as if a human necessity, as a catalyst in our lives, making us believe that we are superior.
For the Kenyan artist Evans Mbugua,humans are at the FOCUS center of his artistic approach, choosing whatever creative tool to express himself. The artist paints, takes photos and records hope, the joy of living, love, pleasure, exchange, pride, emotions... placing them in the stage of his life, in that of his friends and of strangers.
The artist Wycliffe Mundopa from Zimbabue is undoubtedly the most passionate and committed to the life of the women and children from the disadvantaged neighborhoods of Harare. His works speak with passion and ire, with cynicism and compassion, but above all, with an unrelenting commitment to the recognition of this part of society too often hidden.
In his colourful and very subtly drawn works, the Ivorian Méderic TURAY mixes with precision traditional materials and modern techniques: he constructs, cuts, accumulates and composes with energy and spontaneity moments of life. Cleary, he overcomes the disciplinary barriers to impose his urban style.
“The origin was innocence and purity”, this way of seeing the world guides the artist Méné in his work taking him to the minimalism of the shapes and the sobriety of the colours. The artist feels the need to express himself with material using distinct supports and pigments: earth, clay, sand, bark...Backgrounds and shapes constitute a union of dynamic merged materials.
The main inspirational theme of the Ghanaian artist Larry Otoo is the daily life of Ghanaians. His vibrant oil and acrylic paintings capture the rhythm of everyday life in Ghana. According to the painter his goal is "to record and preserve our traditions through image."
During the month of January and February, Out of Africa gallery is organising a collective exhibition that highlights the works of six artists represented by the gallery: ABOUDIA, ANJEL, Sébastien BOUCHARD, Evans MBUGUA, MÉNÉ i Méderic TURAY.
All are artists known for their freedom of tone and the originality of their expressive language and their works, which have been selected for their visual impact, their energy and their optimism.
ABOUDIA, ANJEL, Sébastien BOUCHARD, Evans MBUGUA, MÉNÉ i Méderic TURAY.
Evans Mbugua is a young artist-painter-designer. He was born in 1979 in Nairobi, Kenya where he received his Bachelor’s of Art in 1997. Two years later he decided to follow his artistic studies in France. He graduated from the University of Toulouse, Superior School of Art of the Pyrenees, obtaining his degree in Graphic Design in 2005.
While starting his professional career as artistic director in a communications agency in Toulouse, he continued his own personal artistic practice in his studio. In 2011, Evans went to Paris, where he devoted all his time to artistic exploration and design.
For Evans, in whichever of his artistic pursuits, the human is at the center of his practice, the tool by which he chooses to express himself. The artist paints, takes photos and records hope, the joy of living, love, pleasure, exchange, pride, emotions ... staging his life, that of his friends or strangers. The diversity and cultural crossbreeding of different people nourishes his curiosity.
His first collective exhibition was organized by UNESCO in 2014 in Paris during "The Week of Kenya". This was followed by three exhibitions in 2015 in Gallery Ko21 and Gallery HCE in Paris. 2016 was a year of revelation with his first solo exhibition in Paris at the Ellia Art Gallery curated by Olivier Sultan. His works were exhibited in Paris in 7 collective exhibitions, whose were organized by Piasa. In that same year, Evans also exhibited at the Gallery of African Art in London and and participated in an artist’s residency in Morocco as part of the 2nd edition of Art'Rimal. In 2017, his works were displayed in the United States, in the Museum of New York. The gallery Arte-Z in Paris organized an individual exhibition and he will finish the year in style, presenting his work for the first time in Spain as part of the exhibition "IDENTITIES" from December 9th to January 28th, 2018 in the gallery Out of Africa in Sitges (Barcelona).
In "IDENTITIES", Evans directs his gaze at identity and hidden faces. Favoring the portrait to celebrate his contemporaries, he uses glass and plexiglas to elevate his characters with brightness and reflections, emphasizing human fragility at the same time. The background with the pictograms present in his works represent the urban environment that shapes and gives rhythm to our daily lives.