Ubuntu is a zulu word meaning a quality that includes essential human virtues like compassion and humanity.
This canvas was a commission for a client.
Acrylic on a 60×60 canvas
I want to take this opportunity to thank clients who are enabling us artists to make a living, especially for street artists who’ve seen all their outdoor work cancelled for the next few months. Thank you!
I made an online quiz for you to test your knowledge and learn about vulnerable people groups!
I’m not going to be able to paint with vulnerable communities this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Let’s make the most of our time behind closed doors to learn about others.
Each question is followed by a short text explaining the answer.
Hope you enjoy it and learn stuff! Give me your feedback!
The picture was taken in Kawergosk Refugee Camp in Iraq.
“Sueño” (”Dream” in Spanish) is a word that was given to me twice on Share The Word Project (in different languages) : once by Tina, a Cameroonian prostitute in Normandy and once by Sali, an Iranian refugee in Calais, France.
I hope that today Tina and Sali have each gotten closer to fulfilling their dreams!
I had a lot of fun painting this one, making the spray paint spit more than on my usual shading effects
Acrylic on a 60×60 cm canvas. For sale ! Contact me.
“Furaha” is the swahili word for “happiness”.
The word was given to me by Brigitte, a Congolese refugee who I met and whose house I painted in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.
Acrylic on a 60×60 cm canvas. For sale ! Contact me
Chonita chose the word “Kotz’ij” which means “flower” in Tz’utujil. She told me that flowers are hugely important in Tz’utujil culture and they are very often present in the patterns on women’s clothing. These colourful dresses are woven in the village itself. Also Chonita wanted me to paint a word in the Tz’utujil language. It is one of the languages of the Mayan people, and she wishes for the future generations to carry on speaking the language even though Spanish is the language used at school, at work, in newspapers and to communicate with other people groups of Guatemala.
Thank you to Thelma, Diego and Reina for the warm welcome, thank you to Tchan for the help painting ! And thank you to Chonita for making me paint a word in a native American language!
Painting in Tz’utujil territory in Guatemala. The Tz’utujil are one of the 21 Mayan ethnic groups of Guatemala. They live in a volcanic region on the South and Eastern shores of Lake Atitlán. I’m making the most of my stay with a local family to learn about their culture and paint my first ever word in a native American language.
Uweso, a 14 year old Congolese refugee who I met last year in Uganda shares his story.
He is one of 900 000 Congolese refugees (from the DRC) living across Africa.
In this conversation he explains what happened to him and his family, and how he became a refugee. His story is tragically very common.
(sous-titres en français disponibles)