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ANJEL

Biografía

Photo Boris Anjel ANJEL

A recognized talent even before completing his Masters in Drawing and Painting from the Foumban Institute of Fine Arts in Cameroon in 2018, Anjel had the good fortune of being a 2016 artist-in-residence at the prestigious Les Ateliers Sahm in Brazzaville, Congo, where he was so fascinated by the city’s celebrated dandies that he began making these colorful characters the primary subjects of his vibrant paintings.

Having always been interested in figurative art—he started drawing characters from comic books when he was just nine years old and was the president of his secondary school’s art club when he was sixteen—Anjel became deeply interested in the history of art while at the university, where he had a teacher who taught him the importance of perseverance in his practice and consistency in his work—two invaluable lessons that he has put to great use.

Forever grateful to his cousin Samuel Njomke, a local artist who gave him his first drawing lessons, and the prominent Cameroonian artists Jean Jacques Kanté and Herve Youmbi, whose masterful uses of color and form continue to inspire, Anjel has achieved a sophisticated style of portrait painting, which packs a powerful punch.

Creating a visual contrast between realistically rendered black bodies (both friends and figures found on social media sites and through Internet searches) and abstract, logo-loaded, colored grounds, Anjel makes Neo-Pop Art paintings that provide spirited insights into his stylish models, while simultaneously pointing out the pervasive influence of consumer culture.

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Anjel was attracted to the Congolese dandies, who are known throughout Africa as sapeurs, for the way they mixed colors in their clothing. Followers of the Society of Ambianceurs and Elegant People (SAPE), they spend all of their money on fashion. Many of the flamboyant participants are simply posers, who are living in poverty, while others are gentlemen civil servants. Like a religion, it has its own rules, which must be followed in order to maintain the respect of the community, where they are treated like celebrities. Dating back to colonial times, when house boys were often paid with secondhand clothing, this mode of elegant attire has become a part of African heritage.

In his earlier paintings, Anjel filled the black bodies of his models with logos from famous fashion brands, including Fendi, Hermès, Kenzo, Polo and Versace, and gave the works clever titles, like Ego or sacrifice? and SAPE Jockey. In more recent works, however, like the canvases in his first solo show, “Black is Beautiful” at Barcelona’s OOA Gallery, which discovered his artistic talent and organized his initial European exhibition in 2017, Anjel paints black skin almost as though the subjects are drawn from black and white photos—with their lively lips, hair, hats and other accessories delivering dazzling colors—while portraying the figures on logo-layered backgrounds and keeping the witty titles, such as Shades of Pride.

Anjel’s African American friend, whom he met on social media, flashes a chic Instagram-ready pose in Shades of Pride and looks stylish yet forlorn sitting atop two bins that could be full of clothing in Highs and Lows. The painting Fraternity captures two shirtless, six-packed brothers, who the artist met through Afropunk (an international subculture that he draws upon for subjects), that are engulfed in Louis Vuitton logos. And in @frica is tomorrow, the communications director of ART X Lagos flaunts a hot-pink suit while surrounded by Polo and Versace insignias.

Turning his attention to voguish female dandies, Anjel depicts a tomboy skateboarding pal, who is also an activist, personal coach and motivational speaker, in street fashions and big hoop earrings, which he added to give her a hip hop appeal, against a bright background filled with all kinds of fashion brand motifs in the colorful canvas Black is Beautiful. Meanwhile, Sweet Cabata captures another Afropunk fan outfitted in radiant red and carrying a tiny Louboutin handbag, which makes this voluptuous female figure ironically resemble an exaggerated character straight out of a Fernando Botero painting.

In Strength is Within, one of the last paintings he made for the show, Anjel tackles two current social issues, the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice. Illustrating a fashion designer that he met in Congo, the painting shows a black man wearing a surgical mask with his hands held together behind his back, as though they are bound. Anjel envelops him with popular logos to metaphorically protect him and adds the designer’s own fashion brand, which is ironically called Träncënd, like tattoos on his skin. In the subcultures of SAPE and Afropunk, cloths are weapons, which camouflage the status of the wearers, who parade their fashions with pride.

Highly informed about contemporary art, Anjel readily acknowledges the Pop culture influence of Andy Warhol—especially in his employment of silkscreen as a painterly technique—and his admiration for the way such painters as Tim Okamura, Fahamu Pecou, Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley treat the black body. Masterfully making his work uniquely his own, he conceptually plays with the content by adding metaphors and ideas that take the paintings beyond mere physical realism and into a magical realm.

Paul Laster
New York Desk Editor|ArtAsiaPacific
Contributing Editor|Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art
Writer|Time Out New York|Galerie|Art & Object|Sculpture|Cultured|Harper's Bazaar Arabia|Architectural Digest|Surface|Garage|ConceptualFineArts

Estudios

2016-2018: Máster en dibujo-pintura, en el Instituto de Bellas Artes de Foumban (IBAF)

2012-2015: Licencia profesional en dibujo-pintura - IBAF
2011-2012: Bachillerato

Experiencuas profesionales

2020 
- Solo show "Black is Beautiful" - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain 
- 1-54 New York Online Art Fair - OOA Gallery - New York, USA
2019
- Art X Lagos - OOA Gallery - Lagos, Nigeria 
- Solo show - AKAA Art Fair - Didier Claes - Paris, France 
- Group Show "The long term you can afford" - Savvy Contemporary - Berlin, Germany
- Group Show "Deadly affairs" - Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerp, Belgium 
- Group Show - Douala Art Fair 
2018
- Group show "Extravagance" en OOA Gallery - Barcelona, España
- Group show Beirut Art Fair - Voodart Gallery - Beirut 
- Group show - OFF de Dak'Art, con los talleres Sahm
- Exposición en el Douala Art Fair 
- Exposición colectiva "Cameroun: une vision contemporaine, Acte VIII", en la banca mundial en Yaundé
- Exposición colectiva "Carnaval" en OOA Gallery - Barcelona, España
2017
- Exposición colectiva en el cuadrado de los artistas Bonapriso 
- Exposición colectiva "Equilibre" en la galería SAANA - Utrecht, Países Bajos
- Exposición colectiva "Prix Orisha" en la galería Appartement - París, Francia
- Exposición colectiva "Art2017" en Doual'art - Douala, Camerún 
- Exposición colectiva "African Colours" - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, España
- Exposición colectiva "The Conngo Dandies" - OOA Gallery  - Barcelona, España
- 1er premio "Pascal Martin Tayou" - Jeunes Espoirs 2017 - Doual'Art - Douala, Camerún
- Exposición colectiva "Je te présente ma ville" - IFC Congo 
- Exposición colectiva en "Les Ateliers Sahm" - Congo 
2016
- Exposición en el Instituto Francés del Congo - Exposición en los Ateliers Sahm del Congo
- Exposición en el Festival Cot’Art Bonapriso en Duala, Camerún
- Residencia artística en los Ateliers Sahm
- Primer premio de pintura en los Ateliers Sahm
- 1er Premio del Instituto de Bellas Artes de Foumban (IBAF), Camerún

Colecciones

- Crítico de arte italiano
- Director financiero de Cotco
- Colección permanente de la banca mundial en Washington
 

Obras disponibles

 


. Anjel - Sweet Cabata - 2020 - 160cm H x 140cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Anjel - Black is beautiful - 2020 - 160cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - Fraternity - 2020 - 130cm H x 160cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - Shades of Pride - 2020 - 140cm H x 110cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - One World I - 2020 - 100cm H x 81cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Anjel - One World II - 2020 - 100cm H x 81cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - - 2018 >INFO
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. Anjel - One World II - 2020 - 100cm H x 81cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - One World I - 2020 - 100cm H x 81cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Anjel - Shades of Pride - 2020 - 140cm H x 110cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
INFO images/stories/virtuemart/product/resized/bande-blanche-202003-anjel-001-113045_600x600.jpg
. Anjel - Fraternity - 2020 - 130cm H x 160cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
INFO images/stories/virtuemart/product/resized/bande-blanche-202004-anjel-004-125130_600x600.jpg
. Anjel - Black is beautiful - 2020 - 160cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Anjel - Sweet Cabata - 2020 - 160cm H x 140cm W - Acrylic and silk screen print on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Anjel - Weston - 2018 - 140cm Alt x 110cm A - Acrílico y posca sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - - 2018 - 140cm Alt x 110cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - Gaya sans allure - 2018 - 120cm Alt x 110cm A - Acrílico y posca sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - The emptyness within - 2018 - 90cm Alt x 139cm A - Acrílico y posca sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - Bo'o peto - 2018 - 140cm Alt x 110cm A - Acrílico y posca sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - One's desire - 2017 - 130cm Alt x 100cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - MJ - 2017 - 130cm Alt x 100cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - Yaba souffrance - 2017 - 140cm Alt x 110cm A - Acrílico y pintura brillante sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. Anjel - Kitoko - 2017 - 100cm Alt x 150cm A - Acrílico y brillantes sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "Ëlégance" - 2017 - 90cm Alt x 120cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "L'équilibre" - 2017 - 130cm Alt x 100cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "Our reality" - 2017 - 100cm Alt x 150cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "La djatance" - 2017 - 100cm Alt x 130cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "Sapé comme jamais" - 2017 - 110cm Alt x 85cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO - INFO
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. ANJEL - "Our reality 2" - 2017 - 100cm Alt x 150cm A - Acrílico sobre tela - VENDIDO -INFO
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