Anyway, back to Du. I think he's very good and I would like to see him get a chance to show his work outside of Guinea Bissau. So, I'm going to see what I can do for him. I have asked him to paint the cover for my book on Djati. But in the meantime, he is painting a couple of pieces for me and sending them via an American visitor that will be there in November. Can't wait!
I also asked Du if he would share some of his life story with us. He was very excited about having me talk about his work.
So here's what he wrote
Father Nhamo Seidi
Mother Fatumata Trauale
High School Graduate
I come from a humble family and I live with my parents, I am the only son, of seven children, Even though we are many and are living in one house , we have a reasonable life style as much as financial possibilities allow us to have.
I am an artist, I also do sculptures in gourds and I also sculpt and draw on horns, I also work part time on a radio station,
I do not consider myself a great artist, like some people tell me, because I cannot express all of my work, due to difficulties, I draw with regular oil paints, the kind of paint used for painting homes, brushes, acrylic paints are very difficult to find here and it makes things difficult for me, harder to sell my drawings due to the lack of materials.
I already graduated from High School but can’t go to college due to finances. My greatest dream is to study painting and I also would like to do Administrations and International Relations, I joined the radio station in order to have another way of making a living, I can’t make it just painting, and can’t help my family with the finances my paintings give me.
Musically: I enjoy Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, U2, and R. Kelly, sometimes I listen to them while I do my paintings,
My name Du came up as a diminutive of Mamadu and pintor is the word for painter. Du Painter, that is what I am, this is more or less a small biography of my life,
Please receive my sincere greetings
Mohamed L. Seidi
Mohamed L. Seidi
|Du at work|
What do you think of Du's art?
It is fun to see someone paint from their heart. He is without artifice -- just himself. That is the best. I am afraid if he went to study art, he would lose who he is-- but I love that you found him and who knows where this new connection will take both of you!
Great artist. I can totally see some of his work in a NY art gallery.
Yes, and the tragedy is that if it were possible he would probably leave GB. That's usually what happens when people get educated and have access to enough capital. I really just want to provide him with the materials he needs to paint to his heart's content. Oh, and introduce his art to my friends of course LOL
Devon, thanks for introducing Du Pintor's art. Something ignited within me the first time I saw his work displayed in your home. I find his depiction and use of color, holistic and magical. He captures the essence of Guinea Bisseau. Wouldn't it be ideal if he had more exposure; ultimately establishing his own studio to work on his creations.
I love his work also. Hope to be able to get him over to the US someday so that people can meet him up close and personal. A great artist with a kind and loving spirit.
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