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Abdias Ngateu

Biography

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Born 1990 in Douala – Cameroon
Works and lives in Douala – Cameroon

Since his adolescence and while still completing his secondary schooling, Cameroonian multimedia artist Abdias Ngateu, became aware of his abiding interest in drawing and graphic arts. At just 14 years of age, he began his formal training in graphic and decorative arts. Two years later, Abdias realized that his art was personally therapeutic as he faced the demands of growing up and becoming a part of adult society. Hungry for knowledge, he participated in artists' workshops, various training programs and artistic residencies. In 2014, he enrolled in the Sociology Department at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of Douala in Cameroon. Endowed with a strong will, yet a rare modesty, he was integrated into the very closed circle of artists of his country.

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In 2011, he presented his works in several group exhibitions in Cameroon. Four years later, he received the "Découverte" award from the Goethe Institute in Douala and was selected to represent his country at the Segou'Art Festival in 2016 in Mali. In 2017, Abdias won third prize "Pascal Martine Tayou" in the national competition "Jeunes Espoirs 2017", organized by the Espacio Doual'Art. However, his true international recognition came from his participation in the OFF of Dak'Art 2018, the Biennial of African Contemporary Art in Dakar (Senegal). This was followed by a wonderful exhibition "Hors Norme" in the gallery Bolo Espace Art et Culture, organized by Edith Mbella, the gallery owner and promoter.

In his series "taxi-motorcycles" to be presented in the exhibition "Extravagance" next to works by the Cameroonian artist Anjel in the OOA Gallery of Sitges (Barcelona) in October 2018, Abdias creates scenes of the daily lives of the people of Cameroon. His paintings are an allegory of the urban disorder generated by overloaded taxi-motorcycles, called "Bend-Skin", well-known in Cameroon.

Abdias’ works are distinguished by his unique and personal way of “animalizing” the passengers and mocking them by depicting bodies of men with humorous heads of giraffes, lions, antelopes, elephants. Abdias explains: "If I represent men like this, it is because of their way of life, their inhumane behavior towards others. I paint a disproportionate society where the abnormal becomes the norm. "

Studies

2016
- Photography workshop - Kam’art – Douala, Cameroon
- Performance workshop – Museum Blacktitude – Yaoundé, Cameroon
2014-2015
- Sociology - University of Douala, Cameroon
2012-2014
- Workshop with artist Hervé Youmbi
2009-2011
- Certificate of end of training in Graphic and Decoration Art
2009
- Workshop with artist Achillekà Komguem and Merlin Tefolo
2004-2008
- Training in Graphic and Decoration Art

Solo Exhibitions

2018
- Hors norme – Espace Bolo – Douala, Cameroon
2016
- Segou’Art 2016 - OFF Exhibition - Korê Gallery – Ségou, Mali
2015
- Sport collectif, performance interactive - Goethe Institute - Découvertes 2015 – Yaoundé, Cameroon

Group Exhibitions

2018
- Intersection, Biennale Dak’Art OFF – Almadies – Dakar, Senegal
- Off Dak’Art, Dak’Art Gallery - Event Biennale – Dakar, Senegal
- Off Dak’Art, Cheik Anta Diop University – Dakar, Senegal
2017
- Carrefour des arts plastiques - Villa Yiri Suma – Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso
- La migration des couleurs - La grange Dimiére - Beaucouzé, France.
- Art africain, Salle Hubert Yencesse - Chambourcy, France.
- La nuit de la performance - Maison des jeunes et de la culture - Bépanda – Douala, Cameroon
- Concours jeunes espoirs 2017 - Espace Doual’art & Libre Académie des Beaux-Arts – Douala, Cameroon
2016
- Bali Arts Market, « Balama » Bali - Douala, Cameroon
- Cot‘art 2016 – Cotco – Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
- The Last Picture Show - Pullman hotel – Douala, Cameroon
- Nuits blanches 2016 - Institut Français de Douala, Cameroon
- Art 2016 - Escape Doual’art – Douala, Cameroon
- Cameroun, une vision contemporaine - Acte VI - Banque mondiale – Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Biennale des RAVY - Yaoundé, Cameroon
2015
- The Last Picture Show 2015 - La petite boutique Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
- Nuits blanches 2015 - Institut Français de Douala, Cameroon
- Art 2015, Espace Doual’art – Douala, Cameroon
- Jeune regard urbain 2, Espace Doual’art – Douala, Cameroon
- L’Art dans tous ses états – Laborex - Akwa Douala, Cameroon
2014
- K-mer – Tchad – 2nd edition - Ndjamena, Tchad
- Cot'art 2014 – Cotco – Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
2013
- Le Marché les Arts Plastiques, 3rd edition – Bali – Douala, Cameroon
- Couleurs et toiles, 6th édition - Hôtel Prince de Galles – Douala, Cameroon
- Sunday Art - Air Hotel – Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
- Week-end Art Exchange, 1st edition - Maison des Jeunes et de la Culture New-Bell – Douala, Cameroon
- Week-end Art Exchange, 2nd edition - Carrée des Artistes – Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
2012
- K-refour, La Chaumière Restaurant - Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
- Couleurs et toiles, 5th edition - S.C.B Cameroun – Douala, Cameroon
- Painting show - Carrefour salle des fêtes Akwa – Douala, Cameroon
2011
- Köni - Carrée des Artistes – Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon
- Ados en scène - Gare de Béssengue Camrail – Douala, Cameroon

ARTISTIC RESIDENCES AND WORKSHOPS

2017/2018
- Rencontre internationales des arts de Ziguinchor – Ziguinchor, Senegal
- Artwork, workshop with SIMON NJAMI – MAM Gallery – Douala, Cameroon
2016
- Performance workshop – Blacktitude museum – Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Photography workshop - Kam’art – Douala, Cameroon
2015
- Intervalles esthétiques – Othni Space – Yaoundé, Cameroon
2014
- Video performance workshop – Othni Space – Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Artistes face aux appels à candidature - Bandjoun Station University – Bandjoun, Cameroon

AWARDS

2015
- Award winner first contest « Découverte » - Goethe Institut - Cameroon
2017
- 3rd price Pascale Martine Tayou – Contest « Jeunes espoirs 2017 »
 

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. Abdias Ngateu - Back to school - 2018 - 110cm H x 129cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.200€ - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Sans titre - 2018 - 139cm H x 149cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.600€ - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Ready to go - 2018 - 149cm x 149cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.400€ - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Opération épervier - 2018 - 149cm H x 139cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Le retour du Ndjoka - 2018 - 130cm H x 160cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.600€ - INFO
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