Biography

Born in 1970 in Ketao, Togo
Lives and works in Bingerville, Ivory Coast

In 1998, Sadikou Oukpedjo joined Paul Ahyi’s studio in where he essentially worked on wood carving and assembly. In addition to woodworking, he started painting and diversifying his experiments: cement paper, pastel highlight, chalk, colors, canvases. In 2013, after a stay in Bamako, he moved to Abidjan where he devoted himself entirely to painting.

Upon returning from the Dakar Biennale 2014, he began a series of drawings on newsprint that consist of characters that are all at once human and animal which were first presented at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London. He questions the notions of heritage and origin through the prism of current issues and West-African cosmogony and anthropogony.

His works are part of different public and private collections, namely Foundation Blachère, Museum Mohammed VI, Luciano Benetton Foundation, Gervane & Matthias Léridon Foundation and Tiroche Deleon Collection. Besides he created marble sculptures titled « The Council of Elders » for the public garden of the new Palais de Lomé in Togo – a memorial against German colonialism.