Moussa Sanogo

Moussa was born in Paris in 1979, to a West African family. One of 14 siblings, his grandmother was a painter of tribal images, which greatly influenced his style and taste. He became a model first, starting out in Paris at the tender age of 18, becoming the face of Paul Smith. This world of fashion with its strong emphasis on beauty and iconic status played heavily into Sanogo's psyche, so that as an artist, these concerns are dominant in his imagery, technique and choices of bright, almost garish colour palette. Coupled with this fashion influence is his fascination with iconic cartoons, where entertainment and humour are mixed with the devious and the darker side of childish dreams. Tweety and Sylvestor become for Sanogo, a David and Goliath allegory, and his work falls either side of dreams and nightmares. The street influences of Basquiat are juxtaposed with the interest Warhol had with fashion. Icons, beauty and the cynicism of advertising and Shepard Fairey and Lady Aiko are also evident influences on his work. If there is a message located in these paintings it is that capitalism can render even the child-like lover of cartoons cynical.