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Hilarion Wirdzeka Faison

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Hilarion Wirdzeka Faison


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North West Province

Faïson, a Cameroonian visual artist, was born in 1969 in the North West Province of Cameroon. In 1997 he received a First Class B.A (Hons) in Creative Arts from the Federal University of Maiduguri in Nigeria. In 2006 November 13, he defended the (MFA Degree) Master of Fine Arts in Painting at (A.B.U) Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria.

2003 was a great year for Faison. From May 26 to May 28, he won the second price at the "Exposition - Concours de l' Art Bantu Contemporain", organized by CICIBA/MINCULTURE at the Hilton Afric Art Gallery, Yaounde, Cameroon. In June 17 through June 27, Faïson took part in the "Exposition d' Arts Platiques Contemporains du Cameroun à la Coupes des Confederations", organized by MINCULTURE at the Galerie MASSAI MARA, Paris/Lyon, France. From November 3 through November 12 he participated in a group exhibition "LA COULEUR ET LA FOI", commemorating Marc Vivien Foe, organized by the Republic of Cameroon at La Salle des Pas Perdus de l'UNESCO, Paris, France.

In 2004 Faïson participated in "Exposition d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains Camerounais" à l' occasion de la visite de MR. KOICHIRO MATSUURA, Directeur Général de l' UNESCO at the National Museum, Yaounde, Cameroon, January 16. Then, February 26 through March 5, an exhibition "Organized Confusion" at the Alliance Française in Kaduna, Nigeria. From September 20 through October 16, Faïson was one of three artists that participated in an art residency /exhibition organized by Aftershave International at Maraba Pottery, Kaduna State, Nigeria. In 2006, November 13 to 17, "Defence Exhibition" at 300L Studio, Ahmadu Bello University - Zaria, Nigeria. November 22 through 26 "Conference/Exhibition ZAS at 50", at KIL A.B.U, Zaria, organized by Zaria Art School/National Gallery of Arts, Abuja.

Much of Faïson's art particularly in Acrylic, Enamel and Oils, display his back-to-the-roots nature. Faïson's use of colours, though international in outlook, stick to the Cameroon Grassland traditions where the ordinary shades of sun baked bricks and clay pots, the gray of cinders and places of worship, the blue (indigo) of the twilight sky and Ndop royal cloth, the red of cam wood, palm-oil, sunsets and blood, the green of nyuseji* and the high attitude prairie, the white of palm wine, salt, and bones; the yellow-ochre of sunbursts at dawn and the golden blur of the elusive leopard, significantly augment the sense/celebration of life, and profoundly reinforce the presence of the Almighty creator Jehovah.

The works are results of a systematic study "Adapting Cameroon Grassland Palace Motifs Into Painting". The study is broken down into seven stages in order to show distinct developmental capacity of the motifs and to meet the taste range of individuals. The stages are: exploration of motifs, abstract exploration of motifs, development of motifs, figural infusions, sensitive compositions, simplified compositions, and existential compositions.