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Hervé Gabriel Ngamano Youmbi (1973 Bangui Central African Republic), is a multi-talented artist who lives and works in Douala, Cameroon. Hervé has a diploma from the Institut de Formation Artistique in Mbalmayo, Cameroon, and studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, France (2000-2001). He is an art professor at the University of Douala, as well as at several other art institutes in Cameroon. The foundation of Hervé Youmbi’s work, where he masterfully studies the human body, is portaits. In 2010 he explored the impact of global capitalism with his multimedia installation ‘Ces totems qui hantent la mémoire des fils de Mamandou’ (These totems that haunt the memory of the son of Mamandou). The photography triptych ‘Au nom du père, du fils et de la sainte monarchie’ (In the name of the father, the son and the holy constitutional monarchy) rises against the violence of dictatorial regimes in Africa. His installation ‘Visages de masques’, looked at the impact of colonization on the making of ritual masks in Africa during the era of globalization. His ‘Cameroonian heroes’ was a tribute to the first Cameroonian resistance against German colonization. In 2009 Hervé Youmbi received a French scholarship to participate in the Visas for Creation project, and in 2012 the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He participated in the Skulptur Projekte Münster (Germany) in 2017 as well as in the biennial Into Nature in Holland in 2018.
His work is part of private and public collections, notably the Smithsonian National museum of African art in Washington DC, the Newark Museum and the Cleveland Museum in the USA, the Royal Ontario museum in Canada, and the LWL museum in Münster in Germany.