Unlike some who aspire from the youngest age to become artists, Fotso’s discovery of painting was a journey. In fact, Fotso always wanted to be a physician. She had experienced acute physical pain as a little girl, and then later had cared for her father when he fell ill, so her will was to alleviate the suffering of others. She was devastated when a high school orientation counselor advised her not to pursue medical studies. She then decided to be a journalist and study Communications, only to find that the major was so popular at her university that no new applications were being accepted. At a loss of what to study, she entered the Faculty of Arts where she obtained a Master in English Literature four years later.
By chance during her studies, Fotso discovered Futur’Art, an association of artists who encouraged young people interested in the visual arts. She started to train with them in her free time. To her surprise, she became deeply passionate about the visual arts. In 2015, Fotso joined the studio of Maurice Pégoué where she trained for four years. In 2016, she had her first exhibit. She had found her calling.
Fotso’s experiences and interests animate her work. She comes from a family where traditions are respected and alive, and as far as she can remember, traditional medicine, and the use of medicinal plants have always been part of her environment. The plants that she paints often have medicinal properties; they might alleviate an ailment, reinforce the immune system, or improve one’s overall well-being. She chooses each one for its core properties, once she has decided on a theme to explore. Current events, a recent experience, or a visit to the village and a talk with her uncle - a traditional healer - are sources of inspiration.
Trees, flowers, and leaves take center stage in Fotso’s paintings as they capture both the beauty and the fragility of our environment. Her work raises awareness of our interdependency with the world around us and reminds us that nature - like art - feeds and regenerates our bodies and souls; our very survival depends on its conservation. Fotso encourages each viewer to ponder their individual actions and the impact we, as a collective, are having on the environment around us. What we do today creates the world of tomorrow.
Fotso paints with acrylic on canvas. She builds her paintings patiently and minutiously, leaving nothing to chance. Her brushstrokes are hardly visible, creating a smooth texture. She applies several layers of flat color to obtain the depth and richness she is looking for, and plays with saturation to give perspective. The serenity of her subject matter, and the fluidity and harmony of her style, are juxtaposed with a powerful spiral that engulfs the background of her paintings. This movement catches the viewer off-guard and adds vibrancy to her work.
2011 – Today: Works with the Association Futur’Art under the leadership of Maurice Pégoué, Douala, Cameroon
2021 : Photography training with Les Ateliers Kam’Art, Douala, Cameroon
2015 – 2019: Trained in the studio of Maurice Pégoué, Douala, Cameroon
2012 : Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Douala, Cameroon
Fipan Grass, African Art Beats, Washington DC, USA
Na So I Di See Am, Photography exhibit organized by Les Ateliers Kam’Art, Institut français, Douala, Cameroon
Sensitive Approach, BOLO L’Espace Art et Culture, Douala, Cameroon
Lumières, Association des Jeunes Artistes d’Avenir (JAA), In and Off Art Center,
Residence Hotel Artists, Douala, Cameroon
Kamerun, OH Gallery, Dakar, Senegal
ArtuElles Interferences, Annie Kadji Art Gallery, Douala, Cameroon
Aujourd’hui, exhibit organized by the World Bank and curated by Simon Njami, Musée national du Cameroun, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Symbiose, Annie Kadji Art Gallery, Douala, Cameroon
Douala Art Fair, Douala, Cameroon
Concorde, BOLO L’Espace Art et Culture, Douala, Cameroon
Together, with Association Futur’Art, Galerie d’art contemporain de Yaoundé, Cameroon
Woman Power, Bandjoun Station, Bandjoun, Cameroon
Participation to the first edition of Annie Art Days, Annie Kadji Art Gallery, Douala, Cameroon
Acte VIII, une Vision Contemporaine, 2018 edition of the World Bank Exhibit, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Polychrome, exhibit organized by Association Futur’Art, restaurant Rest’Art, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Last Pictures Show, Douala, Cameroon
Last Pictures Show, Douala, Cameroon
La Place de l’Humain, Doual’Art, Douala, Cameroon
Finaliste du Concours Jeunes Espoirs, Doual’Art, Douala, Cameroon
Cot’art Fair, Douala, Cameroon
Palette de Femmes, Foyer du Marin, Douala, Cameroon
First official presentation of the young members of Association Futur’Art
Collection of the World Bank
Standard Chartered Bank Collection
Fipan-Grass by Bienvenue Fotso,
April 2022, African Art Beats
In the Media
Youtube, May 19, 2020