A progressive philosophy of humanism
Young, well educated, socially conscious, upwardly mobile, digitally engaged and optimistic, Moustapha represents the generation of young Africans who took to the streets to 'End SARS' in Nigeria, and called for action against illegal mining and the environmental damage of galamsey in Ghana.
His personal values and consciousness are informed by his progressive philosophy of humanism, which is underpinned by a calling for society to lead ethical lives, inspired by his tenets of love, joy, peace, cooperation and happiness.
Through his work, Moustapha explores and conceptualises his very own idealised and idyllic contemporary world, reminiscent of the golden age of the garden of eden before the fall of man. His muses; translucent, with no clear and definitive identity that could suggest their religion, culture, ethnicity or nationality, dwell in tranquility and harmony within their environment.
MOUSTAPHA BAIDI OUMAROU
In his latest works, the artist subtly alludes to the need for more life and beauty, through the bold contrasting pops of colours of his muses, against the dark, and dreary background that signifies the urban environment. In true young revolutionary fashion, these pieces closely parallel contemporary demands for more green spaces, better air quality and slower living, across the urban city centres of both emerging and developed nations, globally.
For the young artist, and Afro-zoomer, this new series of artworks is not only a reflection and extension of his appreciation and fondness of nature, the environment, and how humans interact with their natural surroundings, but on a metaphysically level, it is about the celebration of life and beauty in a hyper idealised world free of boundaries, polarisation, and inhibitions, in essence, joie de vivre.
Art writer and Art Consultant OOA Gallery
M O U S T A P H A B A I D I O U M A R O U
The need for more life and beauty
Barcelona Summer Group Show
till August 31st
OTHER EXHIBITED ARTISTS THIS SUMMER 2022
ANJEL · BOB-NOSA · BODO FILS BBM · MARION BOEHM · BOUKARÉ BONKOUNGOU · ILÍDIO CANDJA CANDJA · BRUCE CLARKE · PRINCE GALLA GNOHITÉ · FRANCIS MAMPUYA · ONYIS MARTIN · EVANS MBUGUA · FRANKLIN MBUNGU · MÉNÉ · ABDIAS NGATEU · OPEYEMI MATTHEW OLUKOTUN . LARRY OTOO · MOUSTAPHA BAIDI OUMAROU · OLIVIA MAE PENDERGAST · REWA · DAVID THUKU · EMEKA UDEMBA