Jean David Nkot
Lives & Works in Douala, Cameroon
The aesthetic of Jean David Nkot’s works is produced through realistic portraits painted over mapped backgrounds. While he predominantly paints the human condition, since 2020, Nkot’s work has tackled the issue of the exploitation of raw materials in Africa, and the socio-economic and political motivations and impacts of this exploitation. He now focuses his works on cotton growing, which he ties to the beginnings of capitalism, a period which was buttressed by the cultivation and trading of cotton. Nkot highlights the detrimental environmental and human impact of cotton growing and links it to the uneven relationship between the Global North and Global South.

A graduate of Foumban’s Institute of Fine Arts and the National School of Arts, Paris-Cergy, France, Nkot’s work has been shown at art fairs in Miami, New York, London, Paris, Marrakech and Cape Town. He has also been exhibited in international institutions such as the Guangdong Times Museum in China, Institut des Cultures d’Islam in Paris, France, SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin, Germany, and Kunsthalle Krems in Krems, Austria.

Jean David Nkot will be presented by AFIKARIS.
Jean David Nkot,, in the solitude of the cotton field, 2023, Acrylic and silkscreen printing on canvas, 160 x 250 cm. Courtesy of AFIKARIS Gallery.