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Barthelemy Toguo

Barthelemy Toguo

(M’Balmayo, Cameroon, 1967 -)

The Fortune Teller, 2002

watercolor on paper

11 x 15 inches.

Barthelemy Toguo (born 1967 in Mbalmayo, Cameroon) is an African artist based mostly in Europe. His work is always linked to his African heritage and personal experiences. He is known for his performances that explore issues of globalization, immigration, and racism. However, his watercolor paintings are inspired by a personal ordeal. Concerned by the fact that he was 33 years old and unmarried, Toguo’s family sent him to a local healer to check his virility.

The Fortune Teller is a watercolor that expresses his ritual experience, with a feel for the mythical and ethereal. An elongated, ambiguous figure seems to be communicating with a tree. The tree is symbolic of the artist’s concern with ecology and his love for wood carving. The light application of paint that Tocuo uses to execute the painting makes the images appear before the viewer like the remnants of a vision.

The Actors, 2002

watercolor on paper

11 x 15 inches.