Artist Spotlight: Franck Kemkeng

Top image: “Pagoda Spirit”, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. 100 x 130 cm.

Franck Kemkeng Noah was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1992. He then went to Institut de Formation Artistique de Mbalmayo to study painting because he was passionate about it. He graduated with a Master in Fine Arts from IBAF(Institut des Beaux-Arts de Foumban).

Noah’s inspiration is drawn between the fusion of cultures and the creation of palaces of memory, through an ‘appropriation of Manifesto of the Anthropophagus’, published in 1928 by the Brazilian poet and polemicist Oswald de Andrade, a key figure in the cultural movement of Brazilian Modernist.

“Bamiléké du Buckingham”, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 135 x 175 cm.

Franck Kemkeng Noah’s work is an experimental approach mainly characterized by sculptures, paintings, and interesting interactive performances. The artist’s aesthetic research, at the core of which mixed productions are born, is a uniquely vibrant perspective on the idea of interculturalism, identity, and civilization. With the hope of sharing and creating values, the combination of human cultures constitutes the center of his concerns increasing the spirit of humankind.

“My traditional culture thus constitutes for me a true richness and my main source of inspiration which, in my creations, will merge with that which opens to me but also which is imposed by means such as globalization or immigration creating a kind of palace of memory. the confrontation with the works born from this experience encourages personal questioning about oneself, about the other, about our human and cultural nature. this idea of fusion between my traditional origins and the culture of the other for the creation of a new self is also inspired by Oswald de Andrade’s Brazilian anthropophagy.” – Franck Kemkeng Noah

“Amsterdam Townships”, 2021. Acrylic on canvas. 156 x 200 cm.

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