Boris Nzebo, Laissez-Nous Sortir, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm / 59 x 59 in, Courtesy Jack Bell Gallery
Boris Nzebo, Laissez-Nous Sortir, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm / 59 x 59 in, Courtesy Jack Bell Gallery 

Boris Nzebo’s paintings reflect on the surroundings of his hometown Douala, Cameroon’s largest city. He uses a strong colour palette, evocative of the murals and graffiti found throughout the suburbs. With a nod towards kitsch, his works are instantly recognisable, with a visual vocabulary that would be familiar to Douala’s inhabitants. Nzebo’s stylised execution owes much to the painted haircut advertisements found outside Cameroon’s barbershops. Often very elaborate, his responsive portraits of traditional hairstyles are interspersed with informal snapshots of local neighbourhoods, urban architecture, and scenes from daily life. Solo exhibitions include Urban Style, presented at Manchester Art Gallery (2016); while group exhibitions include Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (2014) and Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America (2015), both held at the Saatchi Gallery, London.