Méné’s artwork uncreasingly examines human nature and all its components, both visible and invisible. Presented in a deceptively simple manner, these silhouettes seem to be drawn by a child. However, they contain both the freshness of childish works and at the same time, the depth of work done by an adult who is confronting the world as it is rather than how he would like it to be.
The subjects presented, often only in bust and facing the viewer, smile with a good-natured air. If they are not laughing, their mouths may indicate a barely sketched grimace or even a shout. They are usually depicted in groups of two or three, holding each other affectionately by the hand or shoulders.
Méné’s works are depicted without pessimism and with no explicit reference to the realities of the daily life of poor populations, but rather of the effervescence of youth and the pursuit of their livelihoods and meaning in their lives. And yet, if we want to go beyond the placid appearances and juvenile freshness of these paintings, we are forced to recognize some discreet signs or coded language intended for those alone who know, those who can see beyond the images to perhaps a less serene reality.
Gnohité (Prince Galla Gnohité) is a multi-faceted artist – painter, sculptor, graphic designer and decorator – working in different styles: abstract, figurative and surrealist.
In “From shade to light”, the artist explores contrasts and effects with strong and spontaneous colors. His approach involves painting without the use of brushes. Instead, he uses a rubber air blower and a sponge, well-known cleaning utensils of daily life in the Ivory Coast. This technique allows him to use various colors and pigments and later disperse them on the canvas in the form of a spray. At the essence of his creations, the artist recalls childhood with topics such as innocence, joy, play and complicity. For Gnohité, the child is the model to follow to recreate a spontaneous and joyful world.
Contemporary and tribal African art