Balikisu Sungbo #1 KEVIN-ADEMOLA SANGOSANYA
- Dimensions : 300 × 230 cm
- Year : 2022
- Medium :
- Support : Canvas Wood
- Editions : Unique work
- Signature : Signed and dated by artist
H.230 x L.300 cm (Triptych),
Leaves of the sacred forest, Indian ink, acrylic, collage, mineral powders, charcoal on canvas / on wood
Sangosanya's works can themselves be seen as metaphysical as well as "physical" (both visual and tactile) "guides" to alignment. Aware that we are still formatted by our condition of gender, age or culture, he understands that only art can allow him to transcend himself. For him, a young, black, mixed-race man, bearer of a double culture and conveying a pejorative image of African culture and identity, the important thing is to question this mixed identity by understanding the origin but also by constructing a new language to provide unprecedented access.
Come from French and Yoruba origin, Kevin-Ademola SANGOSANYA was born in Longjumeau (91) in 1996. Even if the environment in which he grew up did not intend him to become an artist, his mother being a scientist from a working class background and his father, a Nigerian immigrant, a former soldier, he felt a vital need to draw all day long at a very young age. His mother encouraged him to take drawing lessons after college, but as he mainly painted monsters and dinosaurs, he was quickly directed towards a scientific career. At 15, he wants to be a paleontologist and then a geneticist specializing in endangered species. His love for Nigeria, where he has traveled very often since his childhood to visit his grandparents, leads 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 17 he discovers independence and student life. He leaves the family nest to move closer to Paris and settles in 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 which make the link between the three areas that fascinate him, the preservation of culture, the sustenance of populations and spirituality.
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