Rhalis Cangou an artist painter specialised in African and Caribbean cosmogonies
1st canvas from the top:"Bamou" acrylique /châssis entoilé 60x70cm/ 02/03/2015 2nd Canvas from the top: "Racines-Nommo"acrylique/châssis entoilé 50x70cm/ 07/08/2015 3rd Canvas "kabèchaj" acrylique / technique mixte/60x82cm/ panneau de recup/ 24/03/2018
Rhalis tells me that his family name "Cangou", originates from the word Kongo, such as the Kingdom. As long as he can remember, Rhalis has always lived in an environment proud to teach about its origins. His father explained that they all came from the Congo. They immigrated to Guadeloupe when manpower was needed to take over from Africans who had been reduced to slavery, once slavery had become illegal in the French West Indies. Workers came mostly from the Congo, Senegal and Guinea.
Rhalis Cangou wondered about its origins since the age of 7 years. "Who am I? Where I come from and where I go? "Adult, it will remain his permanent quest of source of identity, both from the Caribbean and Africa, which he expresses through his art specializing in their cosmogonies. According to Rhalis Cangou, without culture, without identity, a human being is nothing. Its objective is therefore to speak through his paintings in retracing the triangular relationship between Mother Africa and its diasporas. This knowledge needs to be transmitted to our children and children's children as the transmission of the Afro Caribbean cultural heritage is increasingly threatened. He also seeks to enable young people, whatever their origins, to discover African cultures and Afro-Caribbean cultures, Africa being the cradle of humanity, through participative workshops.
Rhalis frequently exposes in PACA region such as for Bank of Afrika In 2012, Afrodizact Festival in 2013, a dojo for reo in 2015, art and cultural awareness in 2016 and more recently in Paris....
He is currently working on acquiring a pop up store with other artists residing in Marseille which will be dedicated to African and Afro-Caribbean Art.
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