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. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at Peres Projects, Berlin. His work has previously been exhibited at the National Museum of Yaoundé, Cameroon and the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cameroon.