A Frenchman in Africa

I am a Frenchman and I have lived most of my adult life in Nigeria and Kenya. I have fallen in love with the continent and I use my artisitic skill to capture life and experiences through the medium of paint.
My Story

My love for Africa

When did I start painting?

In 1896 when my father, an unassumed gifted artist, was born. He gave me his virus and his name in 1939 in Paris, just before the war. Thereafter, difficult time!

In Paris I learnt the Print and Graphic Art trade. It landed me in Lagos Nigeria in 1968 as Litho manager in a printing firm. Then something happened:

“Long ago in Africa a fisherman’s daughter, from the Igbo tribe, caught me in her net, a passerby from a Paris tribe.
I stayed raising a family.
I stayed training people with careers and opportunities.
They stayed showing me around, opening my eyes.
I stayed, becoming a brother of the African dust, hoping that my brush, one day, meets other brothers and sister’s hearts.”

Fra Dehele
Brother Louis Duval

This is when my private pictorial serendipity started. I rarely exhibited, only through accidental circumstances such as Onikan Museum in Lagos, in Nairobi Ole Sereni Hotel and Paa Ya Paa Art Centre.

I dedicated my work to my dear wife Paulina Okafor who inspired me and to my loving daughter Yvette Duval gone too soon.

In my 80s, I am now back in France. I never looked back. My art reflects my life long relationship and respect for the people and continent of Africa.

Louis / Fra

My children Yvette, Isabelle, Prisque and my niece Esta.

Jesus Oil Painting in Kenya.

My Art

Nigeria and Kenya

I have lived in Nigeria and Kenya for 50 years, experiencing the diverse and differing cultures of each country and the stunning, rugged beauty of the landscape. My paintings mirror my passion for my life and surroundings.

Get in touch

Let me know if you have any questions!

Louis Duval: