Exhibitions: Joseph Bertiers, Ernersto Houngbo, Gilles Porte, Nov 9-20 2009 @ Alliance
9 – 20 November
Alliance Française Galleries
FROM KENYA: JOSEPH BERTIERS
paintings and sculptures
Bertiers’ obsession with art was ridiculed by his parents until an in-law prophetically intervened, convincing the family that this might well be his future livelihood. Bertiers also holds a diploma in commercial art. His satirical and colourful pictorial commentary earned him the ‘Jury Prize’ at the 2006 Juried Competition/Exhibition organized by Alliance Française and Goethe-Institut in Nairobi. Bertiers continues to draw attention to social and political issues of the time through his brimming canvasses that display penetrating wit.
FROM BENIN: ERNESTO HOUNGBO
paintings and totems
Self-taught artist, Ernesto holds a diploma in commercial graphic design. He undertook further fine art training in Abidjan following in the vein of expressionism. He also had the opportunity of indulging in the sport of fencing which led to improved steadiness of the hand. Ernesto does not use paint brushes, he paints with his fingers. Ernesto defines his art as having gone through three stages of metamorphosis: the form (he started with figurative painting), the force (the vigour that begin to impose on the form) and the essential (he learnt to go beyond the physical to the spiritual). Ernesto has exhibited in several West African countries, in France and in England. Ernesto will be an artist in residence at Kuona Trust from 11 to 18 Nov. interacting with Kenyan artists.
Portraits & Autoportraits
A series of portraits and auto portraits by children from over 20 countries to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on Children’s rights (20 Nov. 2009).