Of French and Yoruba origin, Kevin-Ademola SANGOSANYA was born in the Paris region in 1996. Although he showed a real passion and already great abilities for drawing at a very young age, he did after obtaining his baccalaureate in engineer in tropical agronomy. He spent 8 months in Nigeria for his end-of-diploma internship working on the conservation of forest species, reforestation, and the study of medicinal, food and sacred plants by making the link between the three areas that fascinate him. then, the preservation of culture, the sustenance of populations and spirituality. Despite everything, his compulsive need to create accompanies him on a daily basis. He draws more and more, compulsively picks up objects in the street which become supports for the creation of painting-objects and scatters the walls of Cergy where he then lives off his graffiti-poems under the pseudonym of "Lonely Jane".
Exhibitions Gallery loft
Of French and Yoruba origin, Kevin-Ademola Sangosanya was born in Longjumeau, Essonne in 1996. Although the environment in which he grew up did not intend him to become an artist, with his mother being a scientist from a working-class background and his father, a Nigerian immigrant and former soldier, he felt a vital need to draw all day long from a very young age. His mother encouraged him to take drawing lessons after college, but as he mostly painted monsters and dinosaurs, he was quickly directed towards a scientific career. At the age of 15, he wanted to become a paleontologist and then a geneticist specializing in endangered species. His love for Nigeria, where he had traveled very often since childhood to visit his grandparents, led him to focus on endangered gorillas. Thinking that the best way to protect them would be to allow them to live in an environment where they would not be hunted, he decided after his baccalaureate to focus on sustainable development and began studying agronomy engineering. At the age of 17, he discovered independence and student life. He left the family nest to move closer to Paris and settled in a residence in Cergy.
He did many internships abroad as part of his studies, including his graduation internship where he spent 8 months in Nigeria working on the conservation of forest species, reforestation, and the study of medicinal plants, food, and sacred objects which make the link between the three areas that fascinate him: the preservation of culture, the sustenance of populations, and spirituality.
In parallel to these strong experiences, he found it difficult to settle for a simple life as a student in the suburbs. He quickly felt a void in his life that he did not see in his comrades. From his second year, he resumed drawing and then quickly began doing Graff under the pseudonym of “Lonely Jane”. His graffiti-poems enjoyed growing success, but to go even further, he compulsively picked up objects in the street which became multiple supports for the creation of increasingly elaborate paintings-objects. But it was when he discovered the works of Kehinde Wiley, Kerry James Marshall, and Jean-Michel Basquiat that he really clicked. The stereotype he carried in him of the artist as necessarily being an old white man was swept away. “At that time, I said, OK, it’s good, you’ve had the thing in you since the beginning, it’s been several months since it started boiling, you started doing graffiti, drawing, picking up stuff, now you have to go all out… I understood that it wasn’t just a hobby, that there, it was devouring me not to create.” He began to present his works in neighborhood exhibitions, and then in 2017, he was selected to participate in the “Emerging Artists” exhibition at the Carreau de Cergy. After obtaining his engineering degree in tropical agronomy, he also joined the Ateliers REZOEST in Pré-Saint-Gervais. His very personal work centers on the quest for oneself and the reflection on one’s own identity.
First of all, there’s the question of “Who am I?” Kevin-Ademola Sangosanya is aware that our identity is still influenced by factors such as gender, age, and culture, and he believes that only art can help him transcend these limitations. As a young, black, mixed-race man with a dual cultural identity and a negative image of African culture and identity, he feels it’s important to examine his mixed-race identity by exploring its origins and creating a new language that provides unprecedented access to it. “When I was younger, I felt a lot of anger, an energy that I couldn’t channel. I realized that this frustration came from the fact that I could express much more complex ideas in French or in English than in Yoruba, and when thought is slowed down, and you don’t have the tools, this frustration leads to anger.” To address this, he pursued professional training for a Yoruba Language diploma at INALCO to deepen his understanding of the language while developing his own visual language that incorporates various symbolic elements such as nails, cowrie shells, writing, and materials that he creates himself from plants or found objects.
2019-2022: Studies and vocational training Diploma in Languages. Yoruba. INALCO. (In progress).
2020-2021: REZOEST workshops. Le-Pre-Saint-Gervais.
2015-2019: Engineering degree in tropical agronomy. Tropical Plant Production. ISTOM.
"I know the value of the fear", Galerie Loft, Paris
Objects in motion will stay in motion / An indepth conversation with the Ori. Galerie La La Lande, Paris.
Progressions er retraites contemporaines autour du Vaudou, IESA Arts Cultures, Paris
"Corps & Âmes", Galerie LOFT, Paris/France
Un enfant qui parle dans le ventre de sa mère s’enfante tout seul. Ateliers REZOEST, Le Pré Saint-Servais
Leitmotiv. Galerie La La Lande. Paris
Première toile. Galerie La La Lande. Paris
Résidences Le Consulat Voltaire. Paris
Biennale 109. Bastille Design Center. Paris
A Kind of Magic. Mémoire et l’avenir. Paris
Salon René Clément Bayer. Samoreau.
Artistes Émergents. Le Carreau de Cergy. Cergy-Pontoise
Salon Jean-Pierre Mastelinck, Bois-le-Roi