#ArtWeLove: Vincent Michea, Contemporary Artist in Narrative Collage

#ArtWeLove is a series where I highlight an artist whose work I love and believe you might be interested in. This week's feature is Vincent Michea (born 1963), a French artist who works between Paris and Dakar.

Vincent Michea first exhibited paintings and photographs at the National Gallery of Senegal in 1987, a year after graduating from the School of Graphic Arts (Penninghen) in Paris.

 2015, Collage, 28 x 28 cm,  Acrylic on Film

2015, Collage, 28 x 28 cm,  Acrylic on Film

Vincent Michea creates captivating collages and narrative paintings which are inspired by his hometown Dakar. Using people as the subjects in his collages, Michea often covers parts of their identity with colourful geometric shapes which recall the styles of Roy Lichenstein.

 2014 - 5 , 100 % Dakar,  Collage 30 x 40 cm

2014 - 5 , 100 % Dakar,  Collage 30 x 40 cm

 2014 - 5, 100 % Dakar,  Collage, 30 x 40 cm

2014 - 5, 100 % Dakar,  Collage, 30 x 40 cm

 2014 - 5, 100 % Dakar,  Collage, 30 x 40 cm

2014 - 5, 100 % Dakar,  Collage, 30 x 40 cm

His work has been consistently exhibited over the past 20 years at Saatchi Gallery, Galerie Cecile Fakhoury, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Jack Bell Gallery, Raw Material Company, and Institute Francaise de Kinshasa to name a few.

  (2014 - 5), C  ollage,   28 x 28 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

(2014 - 5), Collage, 28 x 28 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

 (2014 - 5), Collage, 20 x 20 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

(2014 - 5), Collage, 20 x 20 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

  (2014 - 5), C  ollage,   28 x 28 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

(2014 - 5), Collage, 28 x 28 cm, Paper, Acrylic on Film

 2014 - "Or Série", Collage, 20 x 20 cm, Paper collage on film

2014 - "Or Série", Collage, 20 x 20 cm, Paper collage on film

Using the illustrated aesthetic of a graphic postcard, his vibrant paintings capture Dakar's glamour as a modern West African city. His urban scenes, document the city's landscape with emphasis on its forms and textures. Vincent Michea's bold colours recall the styles of David Hockney who paints vibrant California-inspired hypperrealist scenes.

  Vamos a la Playa  , 2012

Vamos a la Playa, 2012

  Before the Bigger Splash  , 2012

Before the Bigger Splash, 2012

Michea's work add a bold touch of colour to any space, with elements of pop art and contemporary art, paying homage to contemporary modern Africa.

Vincent Michea has gained recognition with his works presented in the 2015 group exhibition Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein in Germany, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

 

If you're interested in learning more about Vincent Michea's work and would like to consider acquiring a piece of your own, send me a note and I'll be happy to help!

Sharon Obuobi