O’Maurice Mboa gives warmth to engraved metal, as he paints symbolic stories into the shimmering substrate.
Manipulating light and shadow from his studio in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, Mboa uses colour and light to explore identity and development. Techniques in his drawings, engravings, collages and paintings, particularly symbolism delve into philosophical inquests that question why we are here? To do this he draws on historical and traditional references.
References further used to examine the effects of globalism, a phenomenon that feels inevitable and that is in many metropolitan cities indispensable. The digital age, particularly the Internet has further propelled what the first traders and explorers on ships put in motion, sharing and connecting beyond our immediate communities. Digitalization’s influence on globalization is reflected in the artist’s work as he replaces portraits with QI codes and integrates other technological symbols into his creations like his series “Autres Naisances”.
Globalisation, digitization and identity are reoccurring motifs that Mboa calls on to examine as well as reaffirm the importance of history, the role of memory and how all these moving parts tie into identity. The ever looming question of identity and purpose.
Inspired by his ancestors as well as contemporary thematics and figures, the artist continues to live and work in Cameroon where he was born and later completed his studies at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Mbalmayo (IFA).
In 2016 his work was exposed twice at the United Nations in Geneva as well as at the Dakar Biennale. His most recent work entitled “Transitions” delves into spirituality, exploring transmigration.
His solo exhibition will take place from 26 January to 2 February 2017 at 25 Quai du Mont-Blanc in Geneva, Switzerland.