Paul Sika was born in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and obtained a Bsc in Software Engineering from Westminster University. Moved by the vibrancy of filmmaking, Sika decided to explore image making through photography.
“Photomaking is a term I coined by combining photography and filmmaking. I think of myself as a motion picture director using a still photo camera. My method is not to push boundaries, but to express my imagination to its fullest.”
Sika’s process entails creating a script and storyboard sequence. These rainbow-candy shaded frames are influenced by fantasy film, animation, manga and African mythology; and intersect realism with the absurd, surreal and pop culture flair. Sika’s wish is to tell beautiful stories that will contribute to the positive transformation and evolution of the human being and Cote d’Ivoire and Abidjan influence the language he uses to tell those stories.
"I've been very bent on showing positivity, happiness, hope, in ways that are not just flattering, but in ways that are real."
Sika’s solo exhibitions include; At the Heart of Me (2008) and Collection II: Le’appel de Lilian (2012). He has participated in the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London and New York. His work has been presented at Dak'Art, Senegal and in group shows.