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.