Bernard Ategwa was born in 1988, in Kumba, Cameroon.
largest city, Douala, has had many foreign influences in the
past and more recently an influx of migrants from within the
country as well as from neighbouring regions. This has shaped
Douala into the vibrant and colourful metropolis that is the
source of Ajarb Ategwa 's art. Ajarb 's paintings work as sequences
in a larger narrative describing the urban chaos of his hometown.
Moving between the taxi stands, newsagents, roadside markets
and fleeting moments of respite, the artist offers snapshots
of everyday life.
Bernard Ategwa s works are large format and mimic the
scale of cityscapes and public space. His vivid colour palette
and graphic style speak the language of advertising familiar
to Doualas inhabitants. With great skill the artist weaves
together sights, sounds and smells of the street to create a
rich sensory immersion. From the disorder we are given a distilled
sense of flow, rhythm and harmony.