Sadikou Oukpedjo

Sadikou Oukpedjo

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Born in 1975

Lives & works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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Private Collections : Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Jaffa, Israël;

Public Collections : Mohammed VI Museum, Rabat, Morocco;

Collected by museums and foundations Fondation Blachère, Apt, France


Presentation of the artist

The gesture and expressiveness of Sadikou Oukpedjo are driven by doubts and apprehensions of the world as he sees it. For him, the animal world is a source of essential questioning for man humans to find his place in our societies, at the risk to lose sight of certain values, traditions and precepts of nature.

The process of questioning our deep origins finds its roots in the human need of gaining access to the knowledge of oneself, through multiple and ancestral attempts - cosmogony, rituals, sorcery, magic. Henceforth, the work of Sadikou Oukpedjo is one of them.

 His representations are filled with and penetrated by the invisible and its power, by the unknown and the hidden. Man analyses the world, models the nature, tries to know the secrets which one will be able to use. He is a magician, a master, an illusionist, a savant, when the essence of live inevitably transforms itself and transcends the world of ideas.

The pastel on paper, the monumental outdoor sculptures, the imposing canvas, the engravings, the ceramics and the carved stones reflect an interior state, in the tortuous silence of one's own self. This morphological anatomical study relates to the spiritual.The creature that Sadikou Oukpedjo gives existence to, in his works, constitutes a record of the human conscience, crossed by the issue of its primary origin, leading towards an uncertain future.

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Nationality : Togo

Painting Sculpture Contemporary Art

In connection with

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan - Ivory Coast


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1975

Born in Ketao, Togo

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2019

Silentium, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2018

Mutation, Nuit Blanche 2018, Cité internationale des arts de Paris, France

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2016

Anima, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2014

Galerie Koffi-Yao, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2014

Paintings, Blabla Bar Hippodrome, Bamako, Mali

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2014

Dans les rues d’Abidjan, Galerie Guirandou Arts Pluriels, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2013

Institut français de Bamako, Mali

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2013

Blabla Bar Hippodrome, Bamako, Mali

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2012

Le cri silencieux, Goethe Institut de Bamako, Mali

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2003

Centre Culturel Français de Lomé, Togo

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2002

Centre Culturel Français de Cotonou, Bénin

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Residencies

2018

START, Fondation Tiroch DeLeon, Tel-Aviv, Israël

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2018

Residency Institut français, Cité internationale des arts de Paris, France

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2016

La Somone, Fondation Blachère, Dakar, Senegal

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2016

La Vallée, Brussels, Belgium

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2016

Thread, The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, Tambacounda, Sénéga

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2019

L’Esprit du large chapitre II, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

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2019

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK

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2019

L’Esprit du large, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar, Sénégal

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2019

Kubatana, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norvège

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2019

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape town, South Africa

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2018

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Londres, UK

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2018

Les Fantômes de l’Afrique : Siriel Rellik, Dakar, Senegal

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2018

Des Hommes et des Totems, Galerie Le Manège, Dakar, Senegal

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2018

Pioneer Works,1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New-York, United States

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2018

Palimpsest, African Studies Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israël

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2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Londres, UK

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Events