Issa Nyaphaga is a cartoonist, and a multi-media artist based in the US, who is globally known as a human rights activist from Cameroon (West/central Africa). His work has inspired the human spirit of thousands in dozens of countries. Issa Nyaphaga is convinced that the power of art can save lives.
My “Humanist” endeavour is above all a proclamation of peace against intolerance. My soul is of a body that has suffered a lot because of the political cartoons in the satirical newspaper in Cameroon. I live in a world in which I am undesirable, and I’ve found refuge in art, a refuge where I can protect myself against all aggression. I came into contact with the Human Rights issues at a very early age, and defending the rights of the oppressed gives me this force of conviction, this feeling of invincibility and the inner peace I seek. I’m like the pages of an open book blown by the winds of liberty.
I use Art to heal myself and others; because Art really cures and can transform a broken Human Being into a new rebirthed soulful individual. In my studio projects, I’m painting Cartoons on canvas to bring a sense of humor in the drama, with my critical vision of Global Peaceful Society.
I have trained child soldiers how to Love art like children. I led street children how to see and live differently and I have accompanied people with disabilities how to create resourceful art projects like any individual.
Being a person who has suffered intolerance and persecution, I would like to stop being a victim and live like anyone else. But the past reminds me of whom I am: an outsider. That is why my philosophy of including certain parts of my body in my art –namely my hands and feet– to convey my emotions is for me a successful process of resilience. It is an act of protest, the rebellion of a man who cannot return home. This endeavour helps me cope with my current status as a man and a citizen of urban worlds, wandering around the globe.
Classes & Workshops with Issa Nyaphaga
Egyptian Style Painting - Ttutankhamun Portrait
Saturday 05/05 | 3pm - 10pm
$50 ($53.50 with tax)
Issa Nyaphaga cartoonist, painter, multi-media artist who is globally known as a human rights activist from Cameroon (West/central Africa) will be instructing another exciting workshop, Egyptian Style Painting - "Tutankhamunon Portrait" on Saturday, May 5th from 3-6 p.m. To register for the $50 workshop, which includes all materials, please follow the link below.