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 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.”
Brother Louis Duval
My children Yvette, Isabelle, Prisque and my niece Esta.
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 as: ‘’To my dear Apaulina Okafor and her thousand brothers and sisters, may I respectfully bear witness of your true greatness in its simplicity’’.
At near 80, I am now back to France. I never looked back. My art reflects my life long relationship and respect for the people and continent of Africa.
Louis / Fra
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.