The MAGNIN-A gallery unveils an artistic swarm of the African continent through its exhibition “CONSTELLATION” open until March 18, 2023. This exhibition brings together 50 works by artists from different backgrounds and generations, with a selection carefully made by the gallery owner André Magnin. It offers a captivating dialogue between mediums and practices, presenting historical pieces as well as recent unpublished works ranging from 1930 to 2022.
The exhibition “CONSTELLATION” presents to the MAGNIN-A invites visitors to discover the latest works by JP Mika, Amadou Sanogo, Chéri Samba, Houston Maludi and the beautiful and colorful weavings of Ana Silva, which harmonize perfectly with the delirious mechanisms of Abu Bakarr Mansaray and the poetic drawings of Frédéric Bruly Bouabré and Marcel Miracle. Sculptures by Seyni Awa Camara complement iconic images by photographers Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keïta, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere and Jean Depara, while masks by Romuald Hazoumé are paired with paintings by Moké and sculptures by John Goba.
In addition, the “CONSTELLATION” exhibition will be marked by the works of Cyprien Tokoudagba, Hilary Balu, Estevão Mucavele, George Lilanga as well as the amazing shots of Studio Sandy, which will be shown for the first time.
The artists of “CONSTELLATION
Jean-Paul Nsimba MIKA, born in 1980 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a talented painter who graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa. Having perfected his technique with artist Chéri Chérin, he uses colorful patterned fabrics for the backgrounds of his paintings and conveys a sense of joy and utopia through his works, which reflect contemporary Africa. His creations are part of prestigious collections such as the Fondation Cartier, the C.A.A.C, the Jean Pigozzi Collection and the Pas-Chaudoir Art Collection.
Estevãno Mucavele, born in 1941 in Manjacaze, Mozambique, is a painter who lives in Maputo. He often depicts landscapes, as he saw them during his travels between Mozambique and South Africa, in a fascinating style that combines his art with nature.
John Goba, a Sierra Leonean sculptor born in 1944 in Mattru Jong, illustrated stories through his sculptures where porcupine spines protected the main characters. His work can be found in the Pas-Chaudoir Art Collection in Belgium. Sadly, John Goba passed away in February 2019 in Freetown.
Marcel Miracle, born in 1957 in Moramanga, Madagascar, is a French-Swiss writer, artist and illustrator based in Lausanne. He combines text and image in his works, which have been shown in many prestigious exhibitions.
Houston Maludi, living in Kinshasa and a graduate of the Kinshasa School of Fine Arts, is in search of truth in his art. His name “Maludi” meaning truth, his work is meeting a great interest internationally.
Abu Bakarr Mansaray, a contemporary visual artist born in 1970 in Tongo, Sierra Leone, lives and works in Freetown. Self-taught, he calls himself “Professor” and creates complex drawings in graphite and colored pencil, representing futuristic machines.