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Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce

Painter and dancer

Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce - illustration 1

Francis Essoua Kalu is a young Cameroonian artist who lives and works in Paris. Cameroon inspired him from a tender age, with mystical colours and creativity. Having been brought up with Hip Hop rocking him to sleep, his body soon found its movement. When he arrived in Paris at the age of 10 he kept dancing, and he still dances every day. His passion has become a means of expression. In each of his paintings you find a tale, a poem or a colourful adventure embodying the fantasy of his ideal. Enfant Précoce paints and expresses himself in complete freedom.

Artsper: You have a lovely first name, why did you choose the pseudonym Enfant Précoce?

'Enfant' (child) for my childlike brushstroke and 'précoce' (early) for my entirely self-taught profile.

Artsper: We really liked your 'Exhibit me' approach, could you tell us a little more about it?

The art market is not open to young artists who want to exhibit, so, with the help of my friends from the clothing brand Walk in Paris that I'm the muse of, we took the initiative to communicate with my paintings by exhibiting them in iconic places in Paris such as the Louvre, the Champs Elysées and Montmartre… We then shot a video to reference these spontaneous exhibitions where I'm seen walking with my paintings around Paris, kitted out in a pink 'solidorion' set from Walk in Paris, my clogs and with an 'Exposez-moi' (exhibit me) sign.

Artsper: Your paintings are colourful and full of energy, do you know where your inspiration comes from?

Inspiration is constantly around and within us. You only have to open your eyes. Life inspires me; encounters; little stories… or big ones. 

Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce - illustration 1
Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce - illustration 1

Artsper: Do you have any major artists that influence you?

Yes: Spike Lee, Pablo Picasso, Wes Anderson, Benjamin André, Cheiky Anta Diop, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, Matisse and Malam.

Artsper: What are your favourite cultural places in Paris?

Galerie Perrotin, the Galerie André Magnin, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the Centre Pompidou.

Artsper: You and your friends at Walk in Paris are very active on social media: do you think that it is a tool for artists today?

Yes, it allows a faster connection with today's society that consumes many more images online than in a museum or a gallery. So as a result Instagram has become a virtual gallery.

Artsper: Do you have any advice for young artists?

Believe in yourself and aim for the impossible: it's not easy but the path is full of wonderful adventures.

Artsper: Finally, what are your future projects?

A new exhibition soon. In the meantime, lots of love.

Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce - illustration 1
Meeting with the artist Enfant Précoce - illustration 1

Their favourite artworks

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Ceci n'est pas une muse, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Ceci n'est pas une muse, 2017
31.5 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

Sold out

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, La lutte, portrait de famille, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

La lutte, portrait de famille, 2017
78.7 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$10,154

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Milles cauris, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Milles cauris, 2017
74.8 x 74.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$8,461

Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Un bon marabout wallaye, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Un bon marabout wallaye, 2017
82.7 x 102.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$24,256

Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Béni, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Béni, 2017
55.1 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$7,784

Our recommendations Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Baby Walk, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Baby Walk, 2017
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,626

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Nianga, le mouton habillé en Louis Vuitton et sa friperie, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Nianga, le mouton habillé en Louis Vuitton et sa friperie, 2017
102.4 x 82.7 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$24,256

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu, Le jardin des tulipes, Painting

Enfant Précoce / Francis Essoua Kalu

Le jardin des tulipes, 2017
35.4 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,205