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Abdias Ngateu

Biography

Abdias Ngateu PSeditAbdias Ngateu
Born 1990 in Douala – Cameroon
Works and lives in Douala – Cameroon

Fabulists of all times and places, have used animals to convey their message, especially when this message is intended to be critical of the world as they see it around them. They live in it and wish they could change it. Using this same medium with humor, amplified by the humor of the situations he stages, Abdias Ngateu tells us through his paintings of the difficulties of his country, Cameroon. But his critical eye for observation is certainly valid from one end of our continent to the other.

Beyond the animals that look so much like humans - unless it is the other way around - the artist has chosen the nagging question of urban travel to carry his allegory. The roads, barely devoted to traffic, are immediately shattered by the disorder and the lack of respect for accepted standards of use, but especially because of the deficiencies of the builders that allow various forms of corruption to involve the use of all kinds of means of transport.

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The ingenuous and jaded eye sees this colorful folklore so "typical" of Africa, these improbable and overloaded vehicles, but which still run with kicks and wires. The user is forced to utilize this mode of transportation on a daily basis to make their necessary trips, transport their goods or luggage, face the vagaries and congestion of traffic to clock in on time at their factory or administrative job. This is not a reflection of their poor social and material conditions or the failure of development policies which characterize our countries.

The smile freezes at the corner of our lips because if the projected image is funny, the reality that it sublimates is also heavy and laden with threats to our daily lives. The artist plays on this contradiction with exceptional virtuosity and reading his work requires at least two levels of understanding, the immediate and noticeable smile and, behind it, the much more cringe-worthy comedy of unbearable situations.

One will not be surprised to learn that Abdias Ngateu, alongside his training in graphic and decorative arts which began at the age of 14, also studied sociology at the University of Douala, Cameroon. His colorful works are undeniably funny, but they are a distant witness of Cameroonian sociology and could be from any of our countries.

Satire sneaks into the brands and distinctive signs of the transported merchandise, inscriptions painted in contrasting colors on the patchwork bodies of the vehicles: "free wifi on board", "air-conditioned taxi" or more pathetic, "The life of the black man”. The interpretation of the physiognomy of animals, the species of fatalism, of constrained passivity when they are not smiling, we see in all “faces" and which masks the exhaustion, both of bodies and of souls. No detail escapes us and each one lights a sign, which should alert our attention and take us out of our comfort zone.

No one will be surprised to learn that the artist, in his early thirties, has already benefited from various forms of recognition for his talent, either in Cameroon itself, where he won the 2015 “Discovery” Award from the Goethe Institute of Douala, or abroad since he was selected to represent his country at SEGOU'ART 2016 in Mali. Ngateu was awarded the third prize "Pascale Marthine TAYOU" in the national contest "Young Hopes 2017", organized by the DOUAL'ART space. He also participated in the OFF of DAK'ART 2018, the prestigious Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Senegal. And in 2020, his work "Taxi Brousse" reached more than respectable bids at the ArtCurial auction.

A great career opens before him with the support of the Out of Africa Gallery, which has represented him since 2018, and with great prospects on all continents. And let's hope you keep in mind the motto written on one of his famous taxis:
"YOU SLEEP, YOUR LIFE SLEEPS!”

Sylvain Sankalé
Art Critic
Dakar, Senegal
June 2021

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 Shows

2020
- Déshumanisation - Institut français - Douala, Cameroon 
2019
- I love you - Taxi Bamako - Bamako, Mali 
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

Duo Shows

2021
- Everyday heroes - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain 
2020
- Amazing Africa - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain 
2012 
- K-refour - Restaurant La Chaumière - Bonapriso - Douala, Cameroon 

Group Shows

2021
- La nuit des idées - Bandjoun Station - Bandjoun, Cameroon 
2020
- Urbana Facta - Galerie du Carré - Douala, Cameroon 
- Rennes Enchères - Rennes, France 
- ArtCurial - Marrakech, Morrocco
2019
- Segou'Art 2 - Festival sur le Niger Foundation - Segou, Mali
- Aujourd'hui - National Museum - Yaoundé, Cameroon 
- Concorde - Bodo Space - Douala, Cameroon
2018
- International Biennal of Naif Art - Institut Franáis - Abidjan, Ivory Coast 
- The last picture show - Super U - Douala, Cameroon
- Extravagance - OOA Gallery - Barcelona, Spain 
- RIAC 2018 - Ateliers SAHM - Brazzaville, DRC
- RIAC 2018 - Institut français - Brazzaville, DRC
- 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 »
 

Available artworks

 

. Abdias Ngateu - A toute vitesse - 2017 - 130cm H x 110cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price : 3.200€ - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Le coursier 1 - 2021 - 120cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Le coursier 3 - 2021 - 120cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Taxi-Brousse 3 - 2021 - 121cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - L'Opep 2 - 2021 - 132cm H x 120cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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All artworks

 


. Abdias Ngateu - L'Opep 2 - 2021 - 132cm H x 120cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Taxi-Brousse 3 - 2021 - 121cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Le coursier 3 - 2021 - 120cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Le coursier 1 - 2021 - 120cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Taxi-Brousse II - 2020 - 119,5cm H x 129cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Taxi-Brousse I - 2020 - 119cm H x 130cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Départ pour la récolte - 2020 - 110cm H x 149cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Bend-skin - 2019 - 110cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - A toute vitesse - 2017 - 130cm H x 110cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price : 3.200€ - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Back to school - 2018 - 110cm H x 129cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Sans titre - 2018 - 139cm H x 149cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Abdias Ngateu - Ready to go - 2018 - 149cm x 149cm - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - 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 - SOLD - INFO
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