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PAUL
ONOBIONO

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Paul Onobiono is a painter of Cameroonian origin, who stands out through his sensitivity especially when he tackles subjects related to suffering, war, slavery, social injustices. He is inspired by the photographs he collects on the internet as well as those he takes himself. Then he reinterprets them in his own way by representing everyday scenes such as housework or market activities, in which we mostly see social people appear from lower sofas.

Influenced by the work of one of the figures of Cameroonian painting, the visual artist Salifou Lindou, Paul Onobiono, as he himself says, finds technical inspiration through Lindou's work.

He works on paper and canvas, while pastels, ink, pens and acrylic are his preferred mediums. The vibrant lines and his layers of paint in pasty form give his characters a look that is both static and dynamic.

Born in 1996, in Bikok, one of the districts of the Mefou and Akon department, Paul Onobiono has been passionate about art since he was little. After obtaining his Spanish A4 series baccalaureate at the bilingual high school of Ndikinimeki in the Mbam and Inoubou department, he decided to continue his studies in Visual Arts and Art History at the University of Yaoundé.

In 2017, he obtained a degree in Plastic Arts and Art History and decided to devote himself to his professional career. Since then he has participated in exhibitions, competitions and fairs.

In 2018, he participated in the “consumer society, urban disorder and pollution” exhibition at the National Contemporary Art Gallery in Yaoundé. That year, he also participated in the national competition of young hopefuls plastic arts and presents his works during the exhibition at Douala Art.

In 2020, he participates in a collective exhibition at the Quartier Mozart in Yaoundé. The same year, it was exhibited by the Restart association at the restaurant La Terrasse, still in Yaoundé.

Paul Onobiono currently lives and works in Yaoundé.

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