Zinkpè, Dominique
Born in 1969 in Cotonou, Benin
Lives and works in Cotonou, Benin
Dominique Zinkpèʼs career is composed of imposing installations and a prolific production of drawings and paintings. His works, informed by animism, religion and his own internal struggles are also intimate and revealing, often denouncing various forms of injustice, hypocrisy, and underscoring the unresolved tensions that have arisen from the fusion of Catholicism, animism and longstanding indigenous traditions with contemporary culture. His strange hybrid characters evoke the mystic power play and of masquerade, sex and gender deeply rooted in Beninese culture. Recent exhibitions include, Welcome Home Vol.II, MACAAL Museum, Marrakech (2020); Prête-moi ton rêve Casablanca, Dakar, Abidjan (2019-2020); In-discipline #1, Fondation Montresso, Marrakech (2018) and Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris (2017). Zinkpè was awarded the Prix Jeune Talent Afrique in 1993 and the prestigious UMEOA prize at the Dakar Biennale in 2002. His work is in public and private collections including Fondation Zinsou, Bénin; Fondation Blachère, France, amongst others.
Dominique Zinkpè, Petite princesse, 2021, Assemblage of painted wooden Xoxo figurines, 123 x 62 x 60 cm. Courtesy of LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, photograph by Macline Hien. ©Zinkpè|Dominique Zinkpe, 'Seduction', 2012