Romuald Hazoumè (b.1962 , Benin)

Romuald Hazoumè was born in 1962 in Porto-Novo, Benin where he still lives and works today. Hazoumè’s astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including multi-media installation, sculpture, video, photography and painting. Using the ubiquitous plastic petrol-can as his iconic signature, Hazoumè undertakes monumental installations that act as metaphors of African place, history and identity. Whether confronting the legacy of the slave trade or creating witty contemporary portraits, his work documents the irrepressible diversity of Africa today.

Arnold Bode prize-winner at documenta 12, Hazoumè is part of the leading ranks of the international artistic community. He has been shown in major international galleries and museums, including the British Museum, London, UK; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA; Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Brisbane, Australia; the National Museum of African Art – Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA and the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria. Most recently, Hazoumè was included in the 2014 International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.



Hazoumè, Romuald b.1962

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