Boris Nzebo began his career as a custom sign painter for hairdressing and beauty salons in Douala, giving this up in 2000 to devote himself to art. This early advertising influence is put to more abstract use in his detailed and stylised acrylic on canvas paintings of Doualans with local hairstyles, layered with snapshots of city life and architecture. Nzebo refers to his style as “Neo Pop Art”, and his practice blurs the line between high and low art in a manner reminiscent of his artistic icons, Roy Lichtenstein and Takashi Murakami. He employs bold lines and a strong colour palette to create emotionally complex polyphonic hymns to the life, fashion and psychedelic vibrancy of Douala, while simultaneously conveying the inner state of his subjects.
Nzebo’s work is regularly selected for international exhibitions, and he has held solo shows at the Manchester Art Gallery and the Jack Bell Gallery, UK.