Marc Padeu Melong, Cameroon, b. 1990

I want to paint the daily life of the people around me, my family and friends. Since we all live together, I share their moments of joy, but also their sadness. Everything is not perfect, there are a lot of difficulties. However, I don't feel obsessed with just showing this state of affairs. When I manage to capture a moment of joy, a slice of happiness that is just as perfect. In a way, painting their lives allows me to talk about my own life. I cannot work without historical and religious references in my painting. History is my passion and religious belief has always been very present all around me.

- Marc Padeu


Padeu was born in 1990 in Melong, Cameroon. Previous exhibitions include Peres Projects, Berlin, National Museum of Yaoundé, Cameroon and the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cameroon. His work has been acquired for the permanent collection of Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.