Moustapha Baidi Oumarou was born in 1997 in Maroua, in the extreme north of Cameroon. Since his childhood, his developed sense of observation allows him to approach life with a certain philosophy. After primary and secondary studies, his taste for drawing led him to work in a silkscreen workshop. Supported by his entourage, he decided to focus on painting. In 2013, at the age of 17, he won the third prize in the visual arts of the Yawalta Maroua festival. This was an important distinction for him and the following year he joined the plastic arts club of the University of Maroua.
Moustapha Baidi Oumarou is inspired by his entourage and by his vision of the world. He is a conscious and humanist painter. This humanism appears in his paintings and drawings as an attempt to relay what the forgotten and most vulnerable can’t express with words. Moustapha Baidi Oumarou is an artist in order to militate for a fairer and more open world. Like him, his painting is always positive and optimistic.
YOU ARE SAID TO BE A HUMANIST AND CONSCIOUS PAINTER. HOW WOULD YOU DISCRIBE YOUR WORK? I indeed would describe myself as a humanist artist. My work is focused on the human. I aim to paint the joyful aspect of life.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE YOU PAINT? My characters represent the “flower man.” They embody moments of humanity, moments of joy and pictures of love.
WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE INFLUENCED BY YOUR ENVIRONMENT? WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN SOURCES OF INSPIRATION? I highly believe that I’m inspired by this contemporary wave of life. The way people dress also inspires me a lot as you can see in my work. Above all, my inspiration mainly comes from pictures of love and joy. Do you consider yourself a politically engaged artist?
WHAT MESSAGES DO YOU WANT TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR CANVASES? In my canvases, I want to put forward this humanist side we all have inside us. I aim to draw and paint the world surrounding me with my most beautiful and powerful palette of colours.