Anatole Ballovi, Poster artist, Kandi

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAnatole is a poster artist and lives for the last three years in the small city of Kandi in the northern part of Benin, West Africa. He found work in the art studio Don Celeste at Kandi’s dusty main road. The place is very small but at least Anatole has room for his table, a chair and himself.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHis education of becoming a poster artist took him five years in Benin’s capital Cotonou far down in the south of the country, many bus hours away. “I won three innovation awards”, he admits proudly before he continues his work.

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Yaffah Kanfitine, Painter, Lomé

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI visit the Togolese painter Yaffah Kanfitine in his small studio in Togo’s capital Lomé. He specializes in contemporary art and started with painting in the year 2000. He never attended any art school.

“I am an autodidact”, he admits. Yaffah is 32 years old and was born in a small village near Lomé. “It is very difficult to live of art”, he says. “But being a painter is just the dream of my life.”KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAHe is always looking for special topics. Now he chose education. “All the school pupils have their own history. That is what interests me.”

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASome years ago he taught art in the school of his village. “The kids told me their stories and I got the inspiration for that project.”
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAYaffah had already expositions of his work in other West African countries, as in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
“For the future I love to exhibit more internationally, specially also in Europe and USA.”