Born in 1967, in Cameroun
Lives and works in Paris (France)
After studying at the fine arts academy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Barthélémy Toguo made his way to the fine arts academy in Grenoble, then the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf. Freely encompassing drawing, sculpture, video, installation and performance, his creations draw inspiration from his experience, travels and encounters.Toguo plays with the spaces where different materials overlap. He structures pathways between Western and African traditions and observes the language and new identities that arise therein. His cultural and social engagement is evident in the Bandjoun Station art centre that he created in Cameroon in 2013.
Drawing is a constant element in his work; he favours the use of watercolour in his representations of the body and sexuality.
Clermont, Thierry. Barthélémy Toguo : Gloria mundi. Paris : Buchet-Chastel, 2016.
Fikeni, Lwandile. Barthélémy Toguo : Strange fruit. [s.l.] : Stevenson, 2016.
Toguo, Barthélémy ; Carré Sainte-Anne (Montpellier). Déluge : Barthélémy Toguo [exposition, Carré Sainte-Anne, Montpellier, du 22 juin au 6 novembre 2016]. Paris : Lienart, 2016.
Hegyi, Lóránd. Barthélémy Toguo : talking to the moon : [exposition, Musée d'art moderne, Saint-Étienne Métropole, 23 février 2013 - 26 mai 2013]. Saint-Étienne : Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Étienne Métropole ; Milan : Silvana ed., 2013.
Dagen, Philippe, "Barthélémy Toguo, sportif de l'art", Le Monde, 07/04/2004, 1 p.
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