Marcel Tchopwe was born in 1988 in the far north of Cameroon. Passionate about drawing, he joined IBA in 2014 (Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Douala in Nkongsamba). To develop his potential, he regularly visits the workshop of the main young artists of the contemporary Cameroonian scene such as Jean Jacques Kanté, Herve Youmbi, Salifou Lindou and Jean-David Nkot.
His work addresses the condition of children in a changing world, he questions the influences of adults on children, the limits imposed by these adults or the influence of the media on the emancipation of children. His paintings portray these children stifled by the outside world and the adults’ wishes. They are silent and shy children facing the values imposed by society.
Marcel Tchopwe finds inspiration in his childhood. Son of soldier, educated with rigor, he had to rebel against his father to do art, an activity he considered reserved for lazy people. He is also inspired by the children he observes in his entourage, children educated with an iron fist, who are not given any respite, violent children who lack respect towards their elders. In summary, he draws inspiration from the living conditions of children in the society.
2017 « Off du Sud » exhibition in Jean David Nkot workshop, Cameroon Exhibition at LABA in the selection of the most promising young artist contest at doul’art, Douala, Cameroun Doual’art art fair, finalist of the most promising young artist contest, Cameroon Exhibition « Atelier artwork » at MAM gallery Atelier Artwork organized by Moleskine foundation, Cameroon
2016 Exhibition in art-kéo workshop, Cameroon Collective Pro14 fine art exhibition (IBA-Nkongsamba).
2015 Venise biennale, off exhibition, Italy Exhibition in art-kéo workshop, Cameroon
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