Gibril Bangura is a painter from Sierra Leone and has been living in Winnipeg for the past year. His ﬁrst exhibition was at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France at the age of 19. He has been a full-time artist for the last 26 years.
Gibril ﬂed from Sierra Leone to Guinea in 1998 due to political persecution. The persecution came due to his paintings which exposed the underbelly of government powers. He lived in Guinea as a political refugee until he was granted resettlement to Canada in February 2014.
Gibril Bangura is a painter from Sierra Leone and has been living in Winnipeg for the past year. His ﬁ rst exhibition was at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France at the age of 19. He has been a full-time artist for the last 26 years.
Gibril was compelled to share his gift of art and as an adult he reached out to less fortunate youth and women. He opened his home teaching art, batik and tie dye, as well as being a motivational speaker in prisons.
Now, in Winnipeg, Gibril hopes to one day open up a centre in the inner city, to help young people get away from gangs and streets. Anyone with access to cable television and the internet will not have trouble ﬁnding out more about Gibril. Since arriving in Winnipeg he has been interviewed by Global TV, CBC TV, Deﬁ nitely Not The Opera (DNTO) Radio Show, Afterspeed on CBC Radio, The Winnipeg Free Press, CJOB Radio, The Metro News, The Uniter and The Community News Commons. Additionally, he has been giving sold out Art Talks at the Edge Gallery and art workshops at the Frame Art Warehouse.
MIIC is the organization that received Gibril and his family upon arriving in Manitoba. The Bangura family stayed at the Welcome Place for 10 days and were made to feel at home immediately. Integration was made possible by the life skills trainer and the settlement counsellor provided by Welcome Place. After viewing his work, within three days the staﬀ connected him with CBC and the media buzz on his art and his family began to grow. The relationship between the Bangura family and Welcome Place remains strong up to today.
Gibril has a studio at Frame Arts Warehouse where he paints every day to bring his collection of “Happy Paintings”. He also volunteers his time as an interpreter at the Manitoba Museum. His work has been dubbed ‘‘Happy Paintings” because they are vibrant and they bring joy to the heart when you see them. His pieces are therapeutic and he hopes his work brings healing, joy and courage to all that view his work.
Gibril can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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