Dominique ZINKPÉ was born in 1969 in Abomey, Benin. He lives and works in Cotonou and Abomey.
Self-taught, he expresses himself through paintings, art installations, sculptures and videos and has been exhibiting his work since 1989.
Zinkpé confronts issues relating to religion, he points is finger towards the continent’s politics and protests against the desire to follow tenets of Western Art by his fellow citizens.
Since 2006/7, his sculptures are characterized by the use of small sculptural objects, “Ibeji” or figurines called “hoho” in Fon, his mother tongue. These are symbolic twin figures. Considered as invested with special powers, they enjoy a strong cult following. We find the same spiritual energy in his works on canvas.
Exhibition from May 04 to 28, 2023.
Galerie Vallois Art Moderne et Contemporain was created by Robert Vallois in 1983.
Today spread over two spaces in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, at 35 and 41 rue de Seine, it adjoins the Art Deco gallery founded in 1971 by Robert and Cheska Vallois.
Initially devoted to contemporary sculpture, the gallery has gradually opened up to other mediums and today represents painters, photographers and sculptors.
Since 2012 the Vallois gallery has been promoting the young generation of African visual artists, mainly Beninese. In 2012, we dedicated an exhibition to contemporary sculptors from Benin, which resulted in the publication of a book, the first of its kind. Since then, the gallery represents many leading and emerging Beninese artists in France as well as artists from other countries.
Edwige Aplogan, Tania Antoshina, A-Sun Wu, Philippe Brodzki, Jorge Luis Miranda Carracedo, Coco Fronsac, Charly d’Almeida, Marius Dansou, Benjamin Déguénon, Richard Di Rosa, Euloge Glélé, King Houndekpinkou, Kcho, Richard Korblah, Stéphane Pencréac’h, Gérard Quenum, Remy Samuz, Tchif, Franck Zanphanhouede, Dominique Zinkpé (...)