About Abdias Ngateu
Since his adolescence and while still completing his secondary schooling, Cameroonian multimedia artist Abdias Ngateu, became aware of his abiding interest in drawing and graphic arts. At just 14 years of age, he began his formal training in graphic and decorative arts. Two years later, Abdias realized that his art was personally therapeutic as he faced the demands of growing up and becoming a part of adult society. Hungry for knowledge, he participated in artists' workshops, various training programs and artistic residencies. In 2014, he enrolled in the Sociology Department at the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of Douala in Cameroon. Endowed with a strong will, yet a rare modesty, he was integrated into the very closed circle of artists of his country.
In 2011, he participated at several shows in Cameroon and abroad (Tchad, Congo, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Senegal, France, Spain...). He received different national and international distinctions (Laureate "Discovery" Goethe Institut Kamerun 2015, "Pascal Martine Tayou Price" in 2017 during the S.U.D 2017 Triennal and the "Young Promising Price" of the International Biennal of Art Naif in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 2018. He was also invited for Segou'Art 2016 and selected for the international exhibition Segou'Art 2019, Mali. Today, Abdias counts three solo shows in Cameroon and Mali and since 2011 thirty group shows.
In his series "taxi-motorcycles", Abdias creates scenes of the daily lives of the people of Cameroon. His paintings are an allegory of the urban disorder generated by overloaded taxi-motorcycles, called "Bend-Skin", well-known in Cameroon.
Abdias’ works are distinguished by his unique and personal way of “animalizing” the passengers and mocking them by depicting bodies of men with humorous heads of giraffes, lions, antelopes, elephants. Abdias explains: "If I represent humans like this, it is because of their way of life, their inhumane behavior towards others. I paint a disproportionate society where the abnormal becomes the norm."