Francis Abiamba, known in the art circles as Afran, is a Cameroonian born in 1983 in Bidjap from Equato-Guinean parents. He studied at the Institute of Artistic Formation in Mbalmayo and received a degree in ceramic work. He then joined a studio where great Cameroonian and Congolese painters work, working side by side with the likes of Otheo, Kanté, Roger Botembe, Francis Tondo Ngoma. After presenting his paintings alongside those of more famous artists, he finally had his first personal exhibition at the Spanish cultural centre of Bata, in Equatorial Guinea, in 2008. This young artist is concerned about environment issues and the defence of cultural identity, and uses the language of murals and art installations to make his work available to all. He now lives in Italy, and he is currently exhibiting his works made with jeans in Verona.

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