LIBENGE JEREMIE YONGO, The Scarecrows, oil on canvas, 150 x 160 cm, 2020
LIBENGE JEREMIE YONGO, R.D. CONGO
A very promissing young painter, currently still a student at A.B.A, painter. In his work we often find
the compositions of still life’s of shoes that he treats in his subjects as brand image,
witness, apologist for the life of man; of his personality, his social rank and his
journey "the buffalo dies but leaves their skin dying; thus the man dies, and
leaves his mark and his reputation." in nature.
The idea of painting the shoes came to his mind for the first time, when he
wanted to immortalize his shoes that have crossed with him a whole year and
to paint them was a way for him to show his gratitude towards them, while
seeking to circumvent the artists relevant to these subjects in particular Vincent
Van Gogh in his series of shoes and Charlie Chaplin in his film of the gold rush
which were for him source of motivation...
So he said to himself: "If men have languages, shoes have them too, they are part
of the vestiges which bear witness to the life of the person who put them on”.
In short, it is an apologue of its owner and the latter by wearing it lends it its
form, so they also bring its suffering; then it becomes the imprint of the person
and reflects his personality.