Peskine, Alexis
Born 1979 in Paris, France
Lives and works in Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal
Alexis Peskine’s works are large-scale mixed media portraits created by hammering gold leafed nails into wood stained with coffee, hibiscus and mud. He explores the frustration of the African Diaspora which continues to face systems of violence, racism and displacement. He depicts figures that portray strength, perseverance and self-possession, with energy reminiscent of the Minkisi ‘power figures’ of the Congo Basin. In 2016 Institut Français, Dakar, presented Raft of Medusa: Le Retour de la Vague, a solo exhibition of Peskine’s works. In 2018, his works were included in the exhibition In Their Own Form at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago. His work is in museums and collections including Peggy Cooper Cafritz; the Private Collection of Laurence Graff OBE; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain; The Harvard Art Fogg Museum, Cambridge; Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus and MoCP, Chicago.
Alexis Peskine, Safara (Fire/Hell), 2020. Gold leaf, nails, coffee and earth on lumber core wood,150 x 110 cm. Courtesy of October Gallery

Artists 2021