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
Africa's contemporary art scene is characterized by a dynamic list of exceptional artists whose aesthetic innovation and conceptual profundity has paved the way for the next generation.
Using their creations to interpret and portray Africa's socio-economic realities, political challenges, rich traditions and diverse beauty, these leading and emerging artists continue to influence the evolution of contemporary art in Africa.For our Summer Group Show OOA Gallery will profile nine contemporary African artists: ANJEL - BODO FILS - Ilídio CANDJA CANDJA - MÉNÉ - Wycliffe MUNDOPA - Sadikou OUKPEDJO - SAADIO - Rémy SAMUZ - Médéric TURAY
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.
It's difficult to forget Médéric Turay's colourfull art work which decorated the wall of Mohamed VI Modern & Contemporary Museum of Rabat (Morocco) in April 2017 during the cultural event "Africa in Capital". After his exhibition in December 2017/January 2018 in Casablanca, Médéric Turay returns to Barcelona to present his new exhibition "African Dandy" in Out of Africa Gallery from March 10th through April 15th.
The faces of his strange figures recall African masks as Turay's style is influenced by other cultures and alternates between impressionism, cubism and graffiti.
Beneath his look of a rapper, which is perhaps linked to his first career as a singer, Turay is really a poet at heart, one who followed a classical education in art. He's inspired by great painters such as Picasso and Basquiat and in his latest works, you can detect the Mona Lisa, Venus or the Ginga queen, revisited in the eccentricity of Turay.
This 39-year-old artist is in constant search of the perfect expressoin of his style, which he calls "Trace", named for the cultural mix reflected in his work. This cultural mix, including his American influences and his African roots, is a combination of Western modernity and African tradition. He can create a Mona Lisa with the soul of an African. The tribal side, the "Art Brut" is one of his components. For him, art is experimental. To give life to his figures, he doesn't just paint, he assembles and cuts and pastes and uses coffee grounds in his work.
His inspirations are his daily life, the news and his immediate environment, All that he sees around him inspires his work. Africa and Morocco, where he's living and working, inspire him enormously: the colours and the atmosphere around him.
Today, Médéric's work hasn't gone unrecognized and attracts collectors from all over the world. The exhibition "African Dandy" will be a festival of colours of happy dandy African people.
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.