Famille Africane sculptures by Macalade Bezy

"A person without culture is similar to a tree without roots. Because in Africa a family is a whole culture"

La Famille Africaine

Maclade Bezy has been working as a ceramist and sculptor for over 30 years. He trained as a ceramicist in the late 70s at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He possesses an original and personal style within his work which over the years has had international acclaim. He has worked on commissions across Africa, the Far East, the USA and Europe. He works predominantly in ceramics and sculpture but also uses painting and drawing as an inspiration. His work mainly depicts his African heritage – drawing on forms, textures and proportion that reflect everyday life in Africa; such as family, community, poverty and human life. He draws these elements into his ceramic masks, human forms and paintings using bold and distinct shapes, earthy colours and gestures to reflect a certain mood and feel of the human experience.

Bezy with the help of CAN, held an exhibition of his work in 2010 at Nexus Art Cafe. This collection of work was the artist’s first major UK exhibition.