Based in Douala, Cameroon
Franco's artworks burst with life and colors, yet he chooses to hide his subjects' faces to guide the observer away from the people portrayed and towards the message he conveys through his art
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
F: I started drawing very young and only in 2003 did I discover painting, thanks to my friend and fellow artist Nga Daybor. I met him when I was managing a small fish shop. He offered me to work with him in his studio, and then 2007, I finally became a professional artist with my first collective exhibition.
A: What inspires you the most?
F: The physical and visual environment people find themselves in and the way it reflects in their behaviours, acts, or more or less innocuous actions and gestures.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working(creating)?
F: I don't have any rituals that help me with work, but I start my day by saying a little prayer.
A: What would you recommend to someone who's new to art (whether artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
F: I think the first two things you need is passion and enough time to immerse yourself in art as art is very jealous and doesn't like to share your attention. You also need some basic understanding of technique, depending on your choice.
For me creating art doesn't mean just focusing on the shape or form, more just in general, the way it looks cause that's what defines the beauty. As for me, art is beauty before anything else.
A: Your top 3 favorite adjectives related to art?
F: Plastic, musical, visual.
A: The best angle to look at art is from ..?
F: From my own perspective
A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is: ..?
F: "I LOVE ART."
A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?
F: Depends on what you're looking for. There are books on history of the great masters, of art meme, books for beginners, ...
A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
F: Change one thing in the art world, that it is no longer mercantile but that it raises awareness more.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art).
F: "You can't make an omelette without breaking the eggs."
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