Stéphane Pencréac’h has established himself as a major figure in contemporary historical painting, with his exhibition OEuvres Monumentales (Monumental Works) at the Institute of the Arab World in 2015, which dealt with revolutions in the Middle East and attacks in Paris or more recently Via Crucis in Colmar, France, dedicated to religious history and its symbolism. With the exhibition Danané 1977 at Galerie Vallois, the becomes more introspective and tells the story of his own origins. Danané is a town in Ivory Coast in the Eighteen Mountains region, some 20 kilometers from the border with Liberia, where he left to live with his parents when he was seven years old. He spent three years there where he faced the «... raw beauty, violence, life, and what (he) still considers today as the clear-cut origin of everything», three years which have sealed his fate as an artist. Stéphane Pencréac’h will return to the African continent only in 2015, for an artistic residency at the Cotonou Center in Benin. It is then that he becomes aware of the crucial importance that Africa has had on its future and where he finalizes his project Danané 1977.
Galerie Vallois Modern and Contemporary Art was created by Robert Vallois in 1983. Today spread over two spaces in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, at numbers 35 and 41 rue de Seine, it adjoins the Art Deco gallery founded in 1971 by Robert and Cheska Vallois. Originally devoted to contemporary sculpture, the gallery gradually opened up to other mediums and now represents painters, photographers and sculptors. Since 2012 Robert Vallois has embarked on a new project: supporting the younger generation of African plastic artists, mainly from Benin. With this in mind, in 2013 the Gallery financed the construction of the Center’s Cotonou Center, a multidisciplinary space dedicated to contemporary artistic creation.
Edwige Aplogan / Aston, Liu Bolin / Philippe Brodzki / Mark Brusse / Agustín Cárdenas / Jorge Luis Miranda Carracédo / Chasse-pot / William Chattaway / Joseph Csaky / Marius Dansou / Benjamin Déguénon / Richard Di Rosa / Kifouli Dossou / Gao Brothers / Coco Fronsac / Euloge Glélé / George Herms / King Houndekpinkou / Richard Korblah / Alexander Kosolapov /Yuri Kuper / Bengt Lindström / Romuald Mevo Guezo / Patrick O’Reilly /Stéphane Pencréac’h / Gérard Quenum / Remy Samuz / Tchif, Julien Vignikin / Didier Viodé / A-Sun Wu / Ossip Zadkine / Dominique Zinkpé