Local artist Andre N’Kitengue is working on his oil painting in his studio in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo on July 22, 2021. In Brazzaville, where art stands are found almost after every occasional tour of the city. the streets, a local artist Andre N ‘Kitengue finds his inner peace on the canvas despite the noise of road traffic. (Xinhua / Shi Yu)
By Xinhua writer Shi Yu
BRAZZAVILLE, July 28 (Xinhua) – In Brazzaville, where art stalls can be found almost after every bend in the streets, local artist Andre N’Kitengue finds his inner peace on canvas despite the noise of traffic road.
In the capital of the Republic of Congo, flowers with luminous bursts calm under the loving hand of André.
In his outdoor studio, Andre begins his day as usual in front of his paint booth, waiting for inspiration to come to him. Unlike other artists who seek silence and solitude during artistic creation, he prefers to capture the passion of the bustling street.
“The noise here actually gives me the strength to stay creative. To do abstract paintings it’s about capturing things in real life that people can’t quite understand. So sitting here gives me more inspiration than anywhere else, ”he said.
From colorful paintings to exquisite wood carvings, the magic still operates here, where artists set up their workshops next to the road and an abandoned railroad track. Although unlike those posh art galleries that people have in mind, this very down-to-earth art district is one of the most famous destinations for art lovers from other countries looking local art.
Although coloring his canvas and dealing with art buyers are his daily bread, N’Kitengue insists he is still an artist, not a businessman, as he carries a sense of responsibility on his shoulders. as an artist for his local community.
“I am really worried to see our world turned upside down by the pandemic. It is at this time of difficulties that we must remain united,” said N’Kitengue. With the increase in cases in Africa as the third wave accelerates, he is now focusing on paintings that serve as prevention reminders for the local community.
“As cars pass by my workshop, drivers and passengers might see my paintings of the virus and be aware that the pandemic is not over yet. It is our role, and we are doing it. let’s do right now, ”he said. noted.
In addition to fulfilling his duties during the pandemic, he is also an active teacher who takes in young apprentices during school holidays.
“Brazzaville is a city of art because of its unique history. We have a unique art form. This is the reason why we must pass on the heritage to our younger generations, ”explained N’Kitengue.
Elvis, N’Kitengue’s eldest son, is on the way to becoming a professional like his father. Although the two have creative differences at times, great pieces continue to come out of this father-son workshop. But for N’Kitengue, the artists bear an even greater responsibility.
“We are not only artists, we are also here to be historians,” he said, adding that by capturing real life he wants to present the image of the Republic of Congo to the outside world.
For N’Kitengue, who is also surprised to see that more and more visitors and Chinese artists are showing up in the arts districts, artists from the Republic of Congo and China should work together for the sake of art.
“We are really looking forward to this,” he said. Final element