Not all poison tastes bitter KEVIN-ADEMOLA SANGOSANYA

  • Dimensions : 150 × 300 cm
  • Year : 2022
  • Signature : Signed and dated by artist
  • Support : Canvas
  • Medium : Acrylic collage charcoal gold leaf Indian ink marker and pigments
  • Thèmes : folk art

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Not all poison tastes bitter / Saly in the sky with her demons

"The bigger you dream, the bigger the fears...
What if it was all just a fluke?"
It is in this perspective that he then conceived this exhibition setting up a lexicon close to the world of fairy tales and fantastic stories voluntarily inscribed in a visual field inspired by universes such as those of The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings or The Worlds of Aldebaran. His works are populated by monsters and creatures from biblical references or Yoruba and French Folklore (particularly Breton with the figure of Ankou) that he seeks to bring into dialogue.


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.